Artist + utility company’s permission = cool boxes in neighborhood. How utility boxes and other infrastructure can inject art into communities.
The brainchild of legendary East London grime photographers Tim and Barry, the Beat This series on their remarkable network, Don’t Watch That TV, challenges top electronic music producers to create a track in under 10 minutes. Each episode shows how artists like Toddla T, Manny from Teklife, Melo-X and more make a beat from start to finish, with the camera capturing emphatic head nodding, various computer programs and personal techniques. This week they checked in with Kieran Hebden—aka Four Tet—whose finished product was created solely with samples from Thriller
Beauty a short video by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro animates a trove of mainly 19th-century Academic paintings into a pretty hypnotic flow.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly renovated, soon to be re-opened Costume Institute is being renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Begging the question: is this acknowledging the VOGUE editor’s raising of $125 million for the organization or an attempt to better market the institute?
A still from Zinda Bhaag, the official entry to this year’s Academy Award foreign language film category illustrates Pakistani cinema’s new wave. “After years of economic doldrums and creative drought, Pakistani movies are pulling in crowds at home and garnering awards at international film festivals. … Taking the power of storytelling into their own hands, Pakistani filmmakers are fashioning much-needed, nuanced portraits of their country – and cultivating a degree of national pride that hasn’t been felt for a long time.”
Radio’s answer to increasing popularity of spotify? Less variety. ”…Ballooning number of music sources competing for listeners’ attention, are making radio stations more reluctant than ever to pull well-known hits from their rotations, extending the time artists must wait to introduce new songs. The top 10 songs last year were played close to twice as much on the radio than they were 10 years ago, according to Mediabase, a division of Clear Channel Communications Inc. that tracks radio spins for all broadcasters.”
How much do I charge? For emerging artists with limited sales and no gallery representation, coming up with a price can be difficult. Everything an artist needs to know about pricing their work.
Adolf Loos, the enigmatic Moravian-born architect, is better known for his writings than his buildings (pictured here is a model of the unbuilt black & white marble-clad Paris house designed for Josephine Baker). A century after the publication of his polemical essay “Ornament and Crime,” a Columbia University exhibition called Adolf Loos: Our Contemporary examines his enduring relevance to modernism. Article linked here.
Moving Icon is a mobile pop-up pavilion designed by Cologne-based Kalhöfer-Korschildgen that travels around the Westphalian region of Germany providing its visitors with information on local architectural history. The compact house-like mini-museum attaches to the back of a car and, with the click of a remote control, literally ‘pops’ open transforming into a lovely illuminated pavilion.
A still from Christian Marclay’s Telephone. 50 great works of video art you can watch online!
About 100 artists have been left homeless and are taking action after rent increases in a Brooklyn development went into effect. Article here.
A growing shift to playing period instruments divides classical and early music fans. Great article here.
"Over the Rainbow" almost cut due to film length? Toxic makeup? 100-lb costumes in 100° heat? 50 incredible facts you didn’t know about one of the most iconic and cherished American films of all time.
How do you frame a masterpiece like Wyeth’s Christina’s World? Cool demonstration by MoMA framers of all the choices and decisions museums make in choosing frames that best suit works and also are true to the artist’s time period.
"For over eight years, Takehiro Ueyama has brought athleticism and physicality to an oft-overlooked art form. The Japanese-American choreographer, creative director and founder of TAKE DANCE (pronounced ‘tah-keh’)—a New York-based, world-traveling contemporary dance company—is leading a campaign to revitalize the dance world. The former baseball player and Juilliard-trained dancer takes a sensitive, yet visceral and deeply thought-provoking approach to his work.” Interview here.