Did Telling Stories Help Us To Evolve As Humans?

Anthropologists have long theorized that humans developed "moralistic high-gods" as a way of promoting shared norms and prosocial behaviors. What is religion, after all, but a patchwork quilt of stories reminding humans how to behave—and, more importantly, how not to behave? But religion is thought to have emerged only with the advent of agriculture and large-scale, politically complex human settlements. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

How Digital Art Reaches Parts of Cuba that Lack Internet Access

Still from Julia Weist and Nestor Siré, “Holguín (BABALAWO)” (2016) (courtesy the artists) Every week, a one-terabyte collection of media files known as El Paquete Semanal (“The Weekly Package”) makes its way across Cuba via networks of person-to-person file sharing. It’s considered by many to be a workaround for the island’s relative lack of internet access. A typical edition features between 15,000 and 18,000 files including everything from videos of soap [Read Entire Story]

Window Cleaner Rushes To Save Banksy Mural After It Had Been Painted Over

"I was just going to bed when I'd seen that it had been painted over, and someone had said it was still wet," he said. "Banksy, love him or hate him, has international prestige and he'd gifted the city with his art." The window cleaner already had his ladders and other equipment prepared for his Monday morning shift, so he headed straight to the bridge in an attempt to save the mural. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

A Performance Inspired by Minimalist Composer Julius Eastman Misses the Mark

LaMont Hamilton during his performance of “Evil Nigger: A Five-Part Performance for Julius Eastman” (all images by the author for Hyperallergic) The start of the performance “Evil Nigger: A Five-Part Performance for Julius Eastman” at the Kitchen seemed promising: we were led to our seats in almost complete darkness in groups of four by ushers holding flashlights. I sat in the front row. The performance, conceived, directed, and performed by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and [Read Entire Story]

UK Government: Foreign Languages Versus Arts Education

Under their model, “modern foreign languages teaching hours are increased at the expense of subjects other than biology, chemistry, classics, English, geography, history, mathematics, and physics teaching hours”. Consequently, 51,000 more curriculum hours are being planned for languages by 2022, which is to be achieved, in part, by cutting hours for art & design, design & technology, drama and music by a collective 19,000 hours. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Censorship as False Morality

The most recent attempt at art censorship comes from a petition started by someone named Mia Merrill who complained about a Balthus painting at the Met titled Thérèse Dreaming. I suggest that Ms. Merrill next task should be to have Nabokov’s Lolita removed from libraries and burned.Notice the progression of her argument—it begins with the image and its description. Then, she makes a judgment about Balthus’ personal life, and ends with the main reason of why the painting should be removed.Read [Read Entire Story]

Iron Age Temple in Syria Devastated by Turkish Air Raids

Temple complex of Ain Dara, photographed after being hit by Turkish air strikes (image courtesy the Syrian Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums) Air raids by Turkish warplanes on the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin in northern Syria have partially destroyed the ancient temple complex of Ain Dara, renowned for its finely carved reliefs. Built in the iron age by the Arameans, sometime between the 10th and 8th centuries BCE, the site is also notable for its structural similarities to King [Read Entire Story]

Director of Development – Florida Grand Opera

An accomplished fundraiser and exemplary leader, the Director of Development (DoD) will manage all fundraising programs for FGO, creating and executing plans for maximizing contributed revenue. The DoD reports to and partners with the General Director and works closely with the board development committee to increase philanthropic support. As an integral member of the senior management team, the DoD will play an active role as a thought-partner in planning for the organization's overall [Read Entire Story]

Coriana Simon at Artists & Makers

SOURCE: Daily Campello Art News - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Paris Deserves Better than Jeff Koons

(illustration by the author for Hyperallergic) Jeff Koons’s gift of a giant sculpture to the city of Paris as a gesture of Franco-American solidarity has been met with great opposition since it was announced in November 2016. An online petition launched the following month has racked up more than 6,000 signatures; earlier this month, 24 artists, cultural workers, and politicians issued an open letter rejecting the artwork. The criticisms have raised many issues with the sculpture: its [Read Entire Story]

Is A ‘Takedown’ Of Young Women Poets Really So Brave?

The poetry world has been rent asunder by fierce arguments, in the past several weeks, over who deserves to be called a poet. Is it young women on Instagram and YouTube reading spoken word pieces? Is it Rupi Kaur, who came to fame with her "period photo" being banned from Instagram (and who has now sold a startlingly large number, inching toward a million, of copies of her poetry books)? Or is it the "serious poetry establishment" that takes them down? Says a publisher, "Poetry is most [Read Entire Story]

Painting by Touch, Not by Sight

“Kim Dingle: Painting Blindfolded” at Sperone Westwater, installation view (images courtesy Sperone Westwater) Priss showed up in the art world in the mid-1990s. She was a feisty, anarchic bundle in a white dress and Mary Jane shoes, her Sunday best. Simultaneously three and 30 years old, she looked determined to punch you in the nose if you got close enough. In some manifestations she wore black-framed glasses. Other times she didn’t. She had a friend who looked exactly like her, [Read Entire Story]

James MacMillan: Scottish National Party Is Using The Arts For Propaganda

The SNP is anxious to keep its “artsy stormtroopers onside” because of the threat posed by a resurgent Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn to its support in any future independence referendum campaign, he writes. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Michelangelo’s Divine Magnitude and Picasso’s Parade of Power

Pablo Picasso, ’Curtain for the ballet ‘Parade’” (1917), tempera on canvas,1050 x 1640 cm, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, © Succession Picasso, by SIAE 2017 Recently, in two shows, on two continents, spotlighting two of history‘s greatest painters, sculptors, and draftsmen, I saw the biggest public display of drawings ever assembled by one, and the biggest painting ever created by the other. The drawings (133 of them) are by the Italian High Renaissance [Read Entire Story]

The Israel Philharmonic’s Biggest Change In Decades

"Founded by Hitler refugees in the 1930s and patronised by the café-dwellers of Tel Aviv, the orchestra has seen its audience grow old and its output stagnate. An influx of Russian musicians and concertgoers in the 1990s gave a brief blip of renewal but the IPO was set on a road to irrelevance. Young Israelis go to clubs, not concerts. Part of the problem has been the IPO’s resistance to change." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The Entirely Fake Villages Erected Around the World

Gregor Sailer, “Sweden, Carson City” from ‘The Potemkin Village’ (all images © Gregor Sailer, courtesy Kehrer Galerie) If you drive about an hour east of Gothenburg and reach the locality of Sandhult, you might just find yourself in Harlem, New York. Well, a superficial replica of Harlem, at least, where the storefronts of video stores and beauty salons sit beneath clear Swedish skies. This is AstaZero, a site that Volvo designed to look like a neighborhood nearly 4,000 [Read Entire Story]

Inclusive Music (For The Performers Too)

As part of these projects, we formed the Acoustronic ensemble, a mix of disabled and non-disabled musicians. They meet weekly to improvise, compose and perform using digital and acoustic instruments. A team comprising undergraduate, masters and PhD researchers works with the ensemble to investigate digital instrument-building and compositional and improvisational approaches in inclusive music settings. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Beguiling Photographs of Pancakes Cast As Moons

Spread from ‘Alternative Moons’ by Nadine Schlieper and Robert Pufleb, published by The Eriskay Connection (all images courtesy The Eriskay Connection) It began, as many culinary marvels do, with an accidental discovery. Web designer Nadine Schlieper and photographer Robert Pufleb were making pancakes when they realized that the gently bubbling circles of batter resemble the pockmarked surface of our moon. They decided to photograph their hotcakes individually to replicate images of [Read Entire Story]

Berlin’s New Generation Of Maestros

While Daniel Barenboim, 75, remains the dean of the Berlin music scene, and another veteran, 77-year-old Christoph Eschenbach, arrives in 2019 to lead the Konzerthausorchester, many older maestros are passing the baton to a new crop of musical leaders. Here’s a look at several of the new arrivals injecting vitality into an already thriving landscape SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

A Visual Typology of Japanese Logos

Spread from ‘Logos from Japan,” published by Counter-Print (all images courtesy Counter-Print) A few years ago, the UK-based design store and publisher Counter-Print released a book that surveyed contemporary graphic design in Japan. Realizing that it had amassed a massive range of logos, the team decided to work on a follow-up publication focused on these symbols of identity alone. The result, published late last year, is an simple but elegantly printed reference that captures [Read Entire Story]

Author Ursula Le Guin, 88

Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Several, including “The Left Hand of Darkness” — set on a planet where the customary gender distinctions do not apply — have been in print for almost 50 years. The critic Harold Bloom lauded Ms. Le Guin as “a superbly imaginative creator and major stylist” who “has raised fantasy into high literature for our time.” SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Sam Gilliam

Lots has been written recently about the well-deserved "revival" in interest in the works of my good friend Sam Gilliam, and no one deserves it more than this hard-working artist (never identify Sam as a "DC artist" or he may kick your ass.Anyway - Gilliam's work has enjoyed not only a "rediscovery" in recent years (a lot of it associated with his increased exposure via art fairs), but also finally a significant increase in price; after all, art is a commodity.It wasn't that long ago that one [Read Entire Story]

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