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11 months agoArts : Parterre Box

From the legendary Mike Richter collection, here's another segment of "El Anillo," act two of Siegfried from the Teatro Colón.

The Deal with the Deal

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig talk with WGA President Chris Keyser about the tentative deal reached between writers and the studios, and why it's more groundbreaking than it might appear at first glance.

The Monday Checklist

11 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

1.) Must-read review: Timothy Rub in the Wilmington News-Journal on art museums and stewardship. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of two-plus): Roberta Smith in the NYT (and from Dallas) on an ex-president’s hobby. (TJ Clark would disagree with Smith on the biographical point. His Mellon Lectures address such.) Martin Gayford in the Telegraph on Veronese and the [...]

Into the woods

11 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Continuing "El Anillo" from the Mike Richter collection, Siegfried at the Teatro Colón (not pictured).

Monet and the shiny new bridge

11 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

As you may have heard by now, the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Saint Louis Art Museum curator Simon Kelly talking about “Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet,” which is on view at SLAM through July 6. Kelly co-curated the exhibition with Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art curator [...]

Draw Your Own Werewolf

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig delights as John gets @-napped in a Twitter thread about copyright infringement. Then they talk disruption in television, and how it affects writers.

The Monday Checklist

11 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

1.) Must-read review: Steven Litt in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on the condition of the Cleveland Museum of Art. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of six): Karen Rosenberg on Maria Lassnig at PS1. Brian Phillips and Judy Murray in Grantland on Yoko Ono. Sebastian Smee in the Boston Globe on Hans Op de Beeck at the MIT [...]

The MAN Podcast: Barkley Hendricks

11 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Barkley L. Hendricks. Hendricks is included in the Brooklyn Museum exhibition “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties,” which examines how 66 artists addressed the civil rights struggle in their work. Curated by Teresa Carbone and Kellie Jones, the show is on view through July 6. The exhibition’s [...]

Flame on

11 months agoArts : Parterre Box

From the Mike Richter collection, Act Three of Die Walküre at the Teatro Colón, featuring Hans Hotter and Birgit Nilsson (not pictured.)

Ghosts Laughing at Jokes

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig talk Lab Rats, multi-cam, and what scenes might mean in their imaginary screenplay format. Craig clarifies what “spec writing” is, and when it’s permitted, both legally and ethically.

The Monday Checklist

11 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

1.) Must-read review: Christopher Knight in the LAT advancing Mike Kelley’s traveling retrospective with a semi-eulogy for the artist. [Image above: Kelley, More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid and The Wages of Sin, 1987. Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.] 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of five): Holland Cotter in the [...]

The MAN Podcast: Carla Klein, Nayland Blake

12 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Carla Klein and Nayland Blake. An exhibition of Klein’s new work opens today at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York. Klein’s work is big and painterly. She paints landscapes that are rooted in abstraction. She has had a dozen solo gallery exhibitions in Europe and in the United States, [...]

Horseplay

12 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Mike Richter's documentation of the 1962 Buenos Aires Ring continues with the second act of Die Walküre featuring Birgit Nilsson and Hans Hotter.

World-building

12 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss how you create a fictional universe for your story, and the limits of how much can fit on the page. From location to language to wardrobe, choosing which details to make explicit is a crucial early decision. Too little detail and the reader doesn’t know how your story is special; too much detail and the story gets lost.

The Monday Checklist

12 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

1.) Must-read review: Roberta Smith in the New York Times on Paul  Gauguin at MoMA. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of three): Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times on Robert Heinecken in New York and not (yet) in Los Angeles. David Pagel in the LAT on Walead Beshty. Philip Kennicott in the Washington Post on the Phillips Collection’s [...]

The MAN Podcast: Robert Heinecken

12 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights conceptual photographer Robert Heinecken with Museum of Modern Art curator Eva Respini. Heinecken was a pioneer in using media to critique media, a practice that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have adapted for a television age. Heinecken rarely took his own photographs, instead using existing images and long-familiar photographic [...]

Spin cycle

12 months agoArts : Parterre Box

First up (naturally), Das Rheingold.

Outros needed

12 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Every episode of Scriptnotes starts with the same five notes: Beginning with episode 98, every episode ends with a new listener-created outro, each one a variation on that same five-note theme. We’ve had some amazing outros, both because our listeners are geniuses and the basic melody is so adaptable. You can hear all of them […]

So Many Questions

12 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John has questions about the questions Craig answered on his Reddit AMA, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg as we answer six great listener questions.

Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’: Before and after

12 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Tomorrow the J. Paul Getty Museum will place Jackson Pollock’s great Mural (1943) on view. For the last 20 months the painting has been undergoing conservation at the Getty Conservation Institute. The painting — which measures nearly 20-feet-by-eight-feet — is in the collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Mural is the first Pollock painting [...]

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