Category Archives: 06.08.18

At The Worcester Art Museum, New Wall Text Places These Portraits In The Web Of The Slave Trade

For instance, the text by a portrait of Russell Sturgis has changed: “A conventional sign next to the piece informs us that Gilbert Stuart, mostly known for painting George Washington’s portrait, painted Sturgis in 1822. A new sign above that, informs us that Sturgis’ relatives established a business in present-day Haiti that trafficked in flour, […]

In Praise Of The Mighty Dinkus

“Three months ago, I was a normal person. Now all I think about 24-7 is the dinkus. Did you know that dinkuses is an anagram of unkissed? I did. For the uninitiated, the dinkus is a line of three asterisks (* * *) used as a section break in a text.” Daisy Alioto offers some […]

Survey: More People Are Reading Poetry

The Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, a collaboration between the NEA and the Census Bureau, found that 11.7 percent of the U.S. adult population in 2017 — or about 28 million people — had read poetry in the last year. Which admittedly may not seem like much on the surface — until it’s […]

UK Lottery Sales Improve, Bolstering Arts Funding

Total National Lottery sales for the 2017/18 financial year increased by £26.4m to £6.95bn. Returns to National Lottery Good Causes were up £27m to £1.66bn, translating into a £331m return to the arts – a 1.7% increase on the year before. But the upswing is not strong enough to return to the highs of 2015/16, […]

Do We Still Need Theatre Critics?

“The question for arts journalism is, what is the role of the critic in contemporary society?” Charles Whitaker said. “Critics are no longer the influential arbiters of taste that they once were. People are turning to Facebook and their friends to determine where to spend their arts dollars. The role of the critic has been […]

Fired Author Steven Galloway Wins Award From University, But Says His Career Is Ruined

While he takes responsibility for certain actions that preceded his firing as the chair of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing department, the acclaimed author also believes that what happened to him is unconscionable – not just the abysmal, ham-fisted way in which he believes the university handled the allegations levelled against him, but […]

Two Moscow Theatre Rebels Who Remade The Art In Moscow, And Attacked Putin Relentlessly, Have Died

Playwrights Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina were unhappy with the state of Russian theatre in the early 2000s. Then they went to London. There, “they learned about documentary theater — the use of interviews, oral history and journalistic sources to create works for the stage. Ms. Gremina and Mr. Ugarov embraced the technique, brought it […]