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The Top 10 Artists Lost To The World Because Of World War I

July 27, 2014 - 6:00pm

“The first world war occured at one of the most creative moments in the history of art.”

The List To End All Lists Of ‘New Yorker’ Stories We Should Read While The Archives Are Open

July 27, 2014 - 5:30pm

Seriously, this is a post compiling all the lists the internet has made about what to read – and it’s complete with links. We’ll see you back here when the archive closes.

Carlo Bergonzi, Masterful Tenor Who Brought Keen Intelligence To Verdi And Beyond, Dies At 90

July 27, 2014 - 5:20pm

“A lyric tenor of some vocal heft, Mr. Bergonzi lacked the sonic weight and brilliance of tenors in the Wagnerian mold. But what he did possess was an instrument of velvety beauty and nearly unrivaled subtlety.”

Italy’s Minister For Culture Pledges ‘Revolutionary’ Autonomy For Italian Museums

July 27, 2014 - 5:00pm

“If the proposals go ahead – there is a chance that they will be watered down — 20 museums and archaeological sites deemed of ‘major national interest’ will become self-governing institutions, no longer run by civil servants in the culture ministry.”

London Needs More ‘Pop-Up’ Theatre – But It’s Hard To Come By In The West End

July 27, 2014 - 4:30pm

“Producers constantly say that West End ticket prices are so high because of the high rents charged by theatre owners, and this would be a way to circumvent those demands – although of course the costs of kitting out a pop-up venue are likely to be very substantial indeed.”

Silent Film Fans Get Noisy To Help Identify Lost Titles

July 27, 2014 - 4:00pm

“The audience is encouraged to yell out possible settings, actor names and even car models — anything that might help identify the film.”

So Frank Gehry Is Designing A Campus For Youth Social Services In L.A.

July 27, 2014 - 3:00pm

“The idea is that this will be something special. There are so many messages that people, particularly children, get from their environment. There can be a certain bleakness.”

Hey Chicago Art Institute, Time To Consider Going Free?

July 27, 2014 - 2:30pm

Around the country, a flurry of high quality art museums have made the switch and reaped financial rewards, but “it is hard to imagine a major museum here going free, especially when the trend in Chicago has been to raise prices and to start charging admission.”

How Did Amy Adams’ First Movie Become A Cult Classic?

July 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

A deep (very, very deep) dive into the writing, making, directing, editing and producing of “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” a film that bombed at the box office but (despite its lack of streaming or even a DVD) became a cult classic.

Is Italian Film Back In La Dolce Vita, At Long Last?

July 27, 2014 - 1:30pm

“Whereas in Spain, Germany and the UK the proportion of domestically produced movies varies between 10% and 20%, in Italy last year it was 31%.”

Her One (Overwhelmingly Big) Job? Saving Canada’s Public Radio

July 27, 2014 - 1:00pm

“Last month, while staff were still trying to digest a cut of 657 jobs announced in April, they responded icily as Conway helped unveil an overhaul of the public broadcaster that will axe about another 20 per cent of their colleagues, or 1,500 positions across English and French services, over the next five years.”

Subbing In At The Last Minute For A Broadway Musician? No Problem

July 27, 2014 - 12:45pm

“As recently as the late 1980s, playing in a Broadway musical was not considered the most desirable gig for a musician. Most professionals sought better-paying work in jingles and recording sessions. But as that work dried up, due in part to samplers and digital-audio software, the ace musicians gravitated toward theaters near Times Square.”

When Will Broadway Be Able To Deal With A Full-on Hip Hop Musical?

July 27, 2014 - 12:30pm

“It’s inevitable, but not without a certain amount of consideration towards rap’s unique and specific position in the music sphere. Also, I am doubtful of its ability to be successful using the same formulas of other more successful jukebox musicals.”

The Long, Bizarre History Of Autocorrect (And Damn You, Autocorrect)

July 27, 2014 - 12:00pm

“Some of the calls were quite tricky, and one of the trickiest involved the issue of obscenity. On one hand, Word didn’t want to seem priggish; on the other, it couldn’t very well go around recommending the correct spelling of mothrefukcer.”

With Lockout Threat Looming, Met Orchestra Musicians Turn Their Anger To Peter Gelb

July 27, 2014 - 11:45am

“The musicians said they believed that the Met could save millions of dollars by staging fewer new productions each year, performing fewer long operas that run into overtime, rehearsing less and lowering ticket prices.”

Ballet: Suddenly, It’s The Workout Of The Fashion World

July 27, 2014 - 11:30am

“If yoga and pilates are now standard, with classes from gyms to chilly church halls, ballet – which has a level of technique so punishing that only a tiny chosen few will actually succeed – is perfect for fashion. It’s inherently elitist in its quest for physical perfection.”

Why Should Amazon Care If It’s ‘Losing Money’ Right Now?

July 27, 2014 - 11:00am

“Creating hit television series, running an online supermarket, making smartphones: these are difficult things to do well, even for companies that specialise in only one of them at a time.”

Here’s How Much UK Performing Arts Earned For Live Movie Theatre Broadcasts Last Year

July 25, 2014 - 4:44pm

“Ballet took £2.1 million, classical music £900,000, popular music £500,000 and comedy £100,000. The other two non-theatrical categories were film documentaries, which generated £2.2 million, and museum exhibitions, which took £900,000.”

Algorithm “Mutates” Art

July 25, 2014 - 4:27pm

“The algorithm mutates the image in different ways: chopping it in half, overlaying it on another image or randomly altering it. The resulting images are either culled or kept depending on how closely they adhere to the user’s initial stylistic choices, and the process repeats. The person can stop the process at any time and select an image they like, or let it keep running.”

US Congressional Computers Banned From Editing Wikipedia For Editing Abuses

July 25, 2014 - 4:20pm

The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination. The biography of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an “alien lizard”.