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The Queen of Spades: A Card, An Obsession, A Musical Spectacle
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The Queen of Spades: A Card, An Obsession, A Musical Spectacle

Many Americans are familiar with Italian, French and even German operas. Some prefer the ease of operas performed in English such as “Porgy and Bess,” but less familiar to audiences stateside are Russian operas.  Thankfully, Tchaikovsky gave us eleven worthy operas; and while the most popular is arguably “Eugene Onegin,” his work “The Queen of...

Oscar Snub of ‘Little Women’ Shows the Limits of Hollywood Feminism
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Oscar Snub of ‘Little Women’ Shows the Limits of Hollywood Feminism

The Oscars have long represented a way for the American film industry to celebrate and market its achievements. Even when there are surprising wins, like this year’s top awards sweep by South Korean film Parasite, the Oscars tell us more about the values of the industry or what it wants to say than what might...

Parasite: at Last the Oscars Jumps the ‘One-Inch’ Subtitles Barrier
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Parasite: at Last the Oscars Jumps the ‘One-Inch’ Subtitles Barrier

Parasite may be the first foreign-language film to win a Oscar for best picture, but now that line has been crossed, there’s every hope this might mark a shift in attitudes to what the film’s director Bong Joon-ho calls the “one inch tall barrier of subtitles”. A lot has been said recently about diversity and...

What Is the Place of the Performing Arts Fair in the Age of the Internet?
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What Is the Place of the Performing Arts Fair in the Age of the Internet?

Review: Platform Papers 62: Performing Arts Markets and their Conundrums, by Justin Macdonnell (Currency Press) The performing arts may be a public good that serve to enrich Australia’s cultural imagination, but they are also a product competing for audience share and government, corporate and private support. Established in 1994, the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM)...

There’s Been a Spike in Fake African Art. What’s Being Done to Fight It
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There’s Been a Spike in Fake African Art. What’s Being Done to Fight It

The art world has been dealing with fakes for more than 2 000 years, with perhaps the most notorious case being the forgeries of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer’s paintings by artist Han van Meegeren during the Second World War. Now African art is becoming a larger and larger target. Fakes are flooding the South African...

Why Italian Cinema Is Starting to Glamorize the Mafia
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Why Italian Cinema Is Starting to Glamorize the Mafia

For almost a century, American filmmakers have glamorized the Mafia, depicting their ranks as so charismatic and quick-witted that you might want to invite them over for dinner. Audiences saw this most recently in “The Irishman,” which reunites a star cast of the usual suspects – Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci –...

Sahel at the Met
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Sahel at the Met

From the Met: From the first millennium, Africa’s western Sahel—a vast area on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, spanning what is today Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger—was the birthplace of a succession of influential states fueled by regional and global trade networks. Opening on January 30 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sahel: Art...

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Getting to the ‘Art’ of Dementia: Researchers Highlight Benefits of Art Intervention

University of Canberra researchers have shown that art gallery programs can improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia – and they’ve backed it up by testing study participants’ saliva. Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the UC study monitored new participants of the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) Art and Dementia program over six...

Artist without Boundaries: Jordi Molla
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Artist without Boundaries: Jordi Mollà

Society tends to categorize people by their primary occupation: oh, you’re an actor; a doctor; a politician. But many people do pursue more than one role, even simultaneously; and there are many actors who are known for their work as musicians, activists, philanthropists, athletes– and even artists. The Spanish actor Jordi Mollà is one of...

Eleanor Antin: Time’s Arrow
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Eleanor Antin: Time’s Arrow

From August 24 to January 5, 2020, the Art Institute of Chicago presents Eleanor Antin: Time’s Arrow, an exhibition marking the first occasion CARVING: A Traditional Sculpture (1972) and CARVING: 45 Years Later (2017) have been shown together. One of the most important artists of her generation, Antin has been a provocateur since the 1960s, creating pioneering work in a variety...