"From what we can gather from statements from both parties is that the Albee Estate wanted full approval of the casting of this show. Once they saw that an African-American was cast as Nick, they requested that he be recast as a white man, when the director refuses, the shows rights are revoked. While the Albee Estate is using the ADVERTISING(probably casting notice) with a black actor as the reason they are stating a violation of the agreement, it's pretty clear that the reason is because of the black actor who was cast as Nick. It appears as though Mr. Albee, for at least professional productions, wants that role to remain white."
Amy Adkins, whose six-year tenure included a bitter 3½-month labor dispute at the beginning of this season, departs in July to head a hospital foundation.
Gasps escaped from the crowd as the final bid came in for the 1982 untitled depiction of a skull. The price is the highest ever paid at auction for a work by an American artist; indeed, it's the sixth-highest price paid for any artwork at auction. As Jeffrey Deitch said, Basquiat is "now in the same league as Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso."
Until about three weeks ago, the entire ensemble had been expecting to give the first concerts ever by an American orchestra in the country as part of this year's East Asia tour. But Mongolia's suffering through a severe economic crisis, and all that could be salvaged is a three-day visit by 18 of the Philadelphians. David Patrick Stearns (who'll be with them) gives a preview of what'll be happening - and explains why the Mongolians only gave three weeks' notice that the whole orchestra couldn't come.
"He steps into the role two months after the death of editor Robert B. Silvers, who, with Barbara Epstein, founded the publication in 1963. ... This makes Buruma just the third editor in NYRB's history, and gives him reign [sic] over a publication that has existed throughout its entire history in the image of its creators."
"HBO and the Italian state broadcaster RAI caught the Ferrante Fever and are producing an eight-episode mini-series inspired by [My Brilliant Friend] ... In a throwback effort at authenticity, producers are looking for amateur child actors - two sets of girls in 8- and 15-year-old iterations, and then a large Annie-esque supporting cast of hard-knock lifers. The result is an open casting call that has already drawn 5,000 children, the vast majority of whom have never heard of Elena Ferrante, and injected a mix of hysteria and hope into parts of Naples that are poor in resources but rich in real characters."
Some Home Thoughts about Angels from Abroad
Paul Levy on Tony Kushner's Angels in America at the National Theatre in London. ... read more
AJBlog: Plain English Published 2017-05-18
That Feast of St. Roch? It’s A Milestone in Contemporary Art
Tipped off by none other than Philippe de Montebello, who read my review of Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe, I learned a fascinating fact about one of the pictures in the exhibition: Canaletto’s The Procession on the Feast Day of Saint Roch is a milestone for contemporary art. ... read more
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-05-18
$110.5-Million Man: Yusaku Maezawa Buys Basquiat, Setting Auction Record for Any American Artist
Sotheby’s Contemporary auction tonight was a mostly workmanlike affair, with one shining exception: Basquiat’s vibrantly scary 1982 “Untitled” skull, the undisputed star in this week of major auctions in New York, ... read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-05-18
Remembering Dave Pell’s Devotion To His Hero
Saxophonist and bandleader Dave Pell, a prominent figure in the west coast jazz of the 1950s and ’60s, died on May 8. He was 92. Pell recorded extensively with his octet and ... read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-05-18
"The political situation is dire. Nothing really feels important right now unless it somehow connects to it, which leads to all kind of flailing around in cultural commentary. In this case, turning the problem inside out, Melamid ends up echoing the most thoughtless cliché about modern art—'my kid could do that!'—just to construct a credible way to plug art into the Conversation about Trump."