Art

Why AI Can’t Predict The Value Of Art

To bring real value, any A.I. application needs loads of quality data—which is doubly problematic in our small and notoriously opaque industry (dealers l-o-v-e to hoard sales info). Without greater transparency, A.I. can do only so much. – Artnet ...

Chiura Obata’s Career Was Interrupted By Internment During WWII. Now A Retrospective Of His Work Has Been Stilled By The Virus

“Suddenly he was in a drab, dehumanizing place, first a stable in California, then the barracks of Topaz, Utah, where he spent most of his time in internment. It was bleak, hot, arid and dusty, and he missed green things, trees and gardens. He moved quickly to establish an art school, both at Ta ...

Boston’s Principal Ballerina In Canceled Carmen Says ‘It Feels Like The Stage Was Pulled Out From Under Us’

Lia Cirio: “For a few days I was really in wallowing mode, just watching Netflix and not being very active. But then my mom sent me a quote on Instagram that said ‘Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems,’ and that inspired me to do something to help me cope. … I created some ...

Suellen Rocca, Fiercely Original Artist And Member Of Chicago’s Hairy Who, Has Died At 76

Rocca and five others, former classmates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, “came together under the sway of influences as disparate as Dubuffet, Native American art, hand-painted store signs, the Sears catalog and the natural-history displays at the Field Museum to create a rambu ...

Arlene Schnitzer, Gallery Pioneer And Massive Funder To The Arts In The Pacific Northwest, Has Died At 91

The influence of Schnitzer – whose name is on the Oregon Symphony’s hall – on the Portland and Pacific Northwest arts scene can hardly be overstated. “Schnitzer was a towering cultural figure in Portland and the Pacific Northwest, giving many millions of dollars over several decades to the ...

The End Of The Art World (As We Know It)

Via this year’s deeply reimagined Sydney Biennale, now called NIRIN: “The impact of COVID-19 is both a significant challenge and a threshold for new beginnings. An international art world that has called persistently for radical socioeconomic change is now faced with just that in large measure ...

Coronavirus ghost town: Introducing live music from empty venues

“Urgent circumstances call for urgent creativity,” Mark Marczyk says. A global pandemic brought the circumstances. Marczyk and his associates are applying the creativity. The first results will be apparent right here at 7 p.m. EDT, when Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman performs at the Gre ...

Here’s that rainy day. Remember this feeling.

How’s the digital economy working for you so far? We’ve been hearing forever that instant communication would render everything else obsolete. Here’s futurist Don Tapscott quoting management guru Peter Drucker from 1998 to the effect that, in 30 years, big universities would be “relics.” ...

Collecting Art Is Fun, But That’s Nothing Compared To Collecting Bits Of Outer Space

Meteorites are the hot new thing at Christy’s. The auction may (OK, probably will) be rescheduled over virus fears, but the fact remains that meteorites are becoming more popular to collectors, and the resource is finite. “Only about 60,000 meteorites are known to have landed on Earth, accordi ...

The Japanese Calligrapher Keeping A Forgotten Women’s Script Alive

Kana shodo, which is more than a millennium old and in which the first known novel was written, has fallen out of use for Japanese women today – but artist and master calligrapher Kaoru Akagawa is making art with it. – CNN ...