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Categories: Art Life, Dance, Featured, Music & Sounds, Performance Art, Technology, The World, United States | 1 Comment

Musicians, filmmakers and performing artists all invest a lot of time and money into writing, rehearsal, design, and sometimes character development and technology innovation. This investment can include hard costs and the time of dozens, or even hundreds, of people. For musicians and filmmakers, the fruits of their investment live on. The [...]

Categories: Art Life, Conceptual Art, Featured, Installation Art, Multidiscipline, Performance Art | 1 Comment

Conceptual Art relies on ideas (concepts) and audience participation for it’s effectiveness, where many other kinds of art rely more on the object, and the skill the artist used to create it.
The New York Times asks Has Conceptual Art Jumped the Shark?
…conceptual art after Duchamp reminds me of paging through old New Yorker cartoons. Jokes [...]

Categories: Art Life, Big Business, Controversy, Economics, Marketing, Philosophy

Most people have no idea what it takes to make good art, whether it’s music, film, painting or anything else. They don’t know how much training and study has gone into building the artist’s skills, and how much practice of that skill it took to allow them to make something, especially if it’s great. [...]

Categories: Art Life, Society, The World

For The Wall Street Journal, David Byrne talks about his version of a perfect city.
There‚Äôs an old joke that you know you’re in heaven if the cooks are Italian and the engineering is German. If it’s the other way around you’re in hell.
Read more from The Wall Street Journal: A Talking Head Dreams of a [...]

Categories: Art Life, Philosophy, Science, The World

Seed Magazine investigates the blind spots of science’s latest frontiers, and how the limits of scientific method and unbiased observation are holding us back.
…before we can unravel these mysteries, our sciences must get past their present limitations. How can we make this happen? My answer is simple: Science needs the arts. We need [...]

Categories: Art Life, Artforms, Government, United States

This isn’t intended to be a partisan blog… I wanted to link to each of the candidate’s positions on The Arts. I could only find a position on Barack Obama’s site, so that’s what I’m linking to. If anyone has links to information about Hillary Clinton’s or John McCain’s positions on the [...]

Categories: Art Life, Big Business, Controversy, Economics, Featured, Government, Philosophy, Society, The World | 1 Comment

Richard Florida’s latest book, Who’s Your City?, has a lot of interesting ideas. It is a continuation of his work which started with the often quoted, celebrated and vilified Rise of the Creative Class.
In essence, the original book argues that economic greatness in any given place depends on the place’s ability to attract creative [...]

Categories: Art Life, Big Business, Economics, Marketing, Music & Sounds, Technology

Last week, David Byrne interviewed Thom Yorke of Radiohead for Wired, about their battle with record companies and their ultimate decision to produce and distribute their own music. This was punctuated a few months ago by releasing their latest album, In Rainbows, through their own site, and allowed fans to name their own price [...]

Categories: Art Life, Artforms, Big Business, Cinema, Dance, Drawing and Illustration, Featured, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Television, The Press, Theatre

I’ve noticed for quite some time that most media web sites and newspapers do not have an Arts section. The closest you find is Entertainment. The meaning of these two is of course very different, not because art can’t be entertaining, it can be. But art often has more purpose to it [...]

Categories: Art Life, Dance, Drawing and Illustration, Featured, Galleries, Government, Outer Space, Painting, Performance Art, Philosophy | 1 Comment

I have all kinds of crazy dreams. I’ve had one of them for a long time, and I’ve never told anyone about it until now. Even for me it’s a nutty one. My secret dream was to be the first artist in space.
I had such a strong desire for this, I think, [...]

Categories: Art Life, Funny, Galleries, Museums, Painting, Sculpture

John Hodgeman appears to discuss art authentication.

Categories: Art Life, Multidiscipline, Museums, Resources

The iTunes Music Store has an iTunes U section where universities put lots of classes, information and events up for everyone to use, all for free. Some other organizations have also put up some great information, audio and video. One of them is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). If you have [...]

Categories: Art Life, Environmentalism, Featured, Painting, Photography, The World | 8 Comments

This post is part of Blog Action Day.
(Outside the norm, today’s post has intermixed store links to more easily show environmentally friendly art tools and materials.)
Art is still mostly a hand made thing. As most things hand-made, materials of the craft used to be natural – wood, clay, marble and natural pigments. But [...]

Categories: Art Life, Germany, Philosophy

There are only certain places that blossom in that certain way that creates Bohemia. Crumbling and eroding but more glistening and alive than filmed dreams. Some generations there isn’t one, they grow slowly until them bloom, only one exists in the world every 30-50 years. New York in 1974 was the last [...]

Categories: Art Life, Censorship, Government, Philosophy

I’ve just finished reading an illustrated autobiography that I’ll write more about later.
But it has me thinking. There are many people and places I’d like to know more about. Many times this kind of cultural learning and exchange happens through art. But where is the exchange when people aren’t allowed to express [...]