The 200+ pieces of the Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection – including works by Kandinsky, Nolde and Kirchner, among others – have been acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond through a gift-purchase agreement.
“[The Segovia-based] classical ballet company founded in 2008 by the much-loved Spanish dancer Ángel Corella (who is also a principal dancer with A.B.T.), will travel to the U.S. for the first time next spring, performing at the New York City Canter March 17-20.”
“The Orange County Performing Arts Center saw “a decline of 43.1 percent in paid attendance, 53.1 percent in ticket revenue and 36.5 percent fewer performances compared to the previous season.” That said, the center “managed to show an operating surplus of $256,000. Still, it faces a deficit of about $744,000 because of last year’s bond market crisis.”
The UK’s position as a worldwide leader in conservation received another serious blow as London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Royal College of Art have confirmed plans to close their joint post-graduate conservation training programme.
When a decision-maker is forced to choose between two bad options, he or she tends to be judged harshly. That’s the conclusion of “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” a paper just published in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
“The money-spinning power of ‘horlla-rü-di-ri, di-ri, di-ri’, the famous chorus of the Kufsteinlied, which is capable of making even the hardiest of lederhosen-clad Germans go weak at the knees, has been keenly felt this week in a Munich courtroom battle over who owns the copyright.”
So goes the plaint about a new wave of indie movies in Blighty. Says one producer-director, “There is a certain amount of familiarity breeding contempt. This is true of British distributors as well as of British critics. We [the British] tend toward the exotic. If things are too familiar, they are often considered less interesting.”
While visiting Brodsworth Hall in Yorkshire, a retired recording engineer noticed a disc that turned out to be an excerpt from Bohème recorded by Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar in 1908. It was part of a trove that includes violinist Mischa Elman playing Souvenir de Moscou in 1906 and Sousa conducting Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in 1905.
That would be the prolific Scottish writer-director-producer Armando Ianucci, creator of the new political satire In the Loop (and its BBC-TV progenitor, The Thick of It) and the man who blazed a path for, among others, Jon Stewart, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Colbert, Sacha Baron Cohen and Wag the Dog.
At the New York Times‘s ArtsBeat blog, readers answer the question, “There are, of course, many veterans in the performing arts who have faced and struggled with unemployment. If you are among them – or are among those who may be hiring them – what advice would you offer these young dancers [laid off from NY City Ballet]?”