Teju Cole takes note of Taryn Simon's work, and makes marching orders for our time: "We don’t turn to history because it is demonstrably relevant, and we don’t look at art only because it is monumental or beautiful."
"Although the notion may sound like a no-brainer - presenting plays in Washington about the effect of decisions reached in the White House or on Capitol Hill - in actuality, there has long been a reluctance on the parts of many theaters here to concentrate too much on political topics." Now the District's leading resident theater is aiming to change that.
"So where does that leave the middle class, those galleries in Chelsea and on the Lower East Side that have been around long enough to be somewhat established, but still have to sell enough to make rent? Now, they have to deal with a perfect storm of gallery-killing factors: a market cooling from top to bottom, plummeting prices for onetime hit artists who minted money for mid-tier galleries just two years ago, the chokehold of fair booth prices, skyrocketing rents in neighborhoods where buying a building is unthinkable."
"The small photographs for which he became renowned evoke a vanishing world populated almost solely by dilapidated buildings, rusting automobiles, advertising signs, graves and vegetation growing out of control." As historian and former NEH chair William Ferris put it, "What Faulkner has done in his fiction, Christenberry has done in his photography."
The looting and destruction of art, architecture, rare manuscripts, and ancient heritage by ISIS (among other evildoers) has moved the U.K. Ministry of Defence to set up a present-day version of the heroic archaeologists and art historians (don't you love that phrase?) who saved and identified countless treasures at the end of World War II.
They argue that despite their creativity and innovation, many of them are being squeezed out of a marketplace that monetizes digital distribution without fairly paying content creators: “The middle-class artist is being eliminated from the Canadian economy. Full-time creativity is becoming a thing of the past,” the letter says. “The carefully designed laws and regulations of the 1990s were intended to ensure that both Canadian creators and technological innovators would benefit from digital developments. We hoped that new technology would enrich the cultural experiences for artists and consumers alike. Unfortunately, this has not happened,” the letter continues.
"The idea that CBC television and radio is a frivolity, sucking up vast amounts of money to make bad TV and irrelevant radio, is the position of a small number of well-off cranks in Toronto and Montreal, aided by a number of other cranks who, one imagines, stave off personal wretchedness by ceaselessly pointing out that the CBC gets funding to make TV and radio, while they don’t."