Saturday, November 29, 2003

ArtsJournal: Blog Central

Arts Journal : Blog Central

ArtsJournal: Blog Central has initiated several exceptional blogs on the arts.

These are:

About Last Night - Terry Teachout, Arts in New York City
Artful Manager - Andrew Taylor, The Business of Arts & Culture
blog riley - Rock Culture
Straight Up | - Jan Herman, Arts, Media & Culture News

Seeing Things - Tobi Tobias, Dance

In Media Res - Bob Goldfarb, Media

Adaptistration - Drew McManus, Orchestra Management
Sandow - Greg Sandow, Classical Music
PostClassic - Kyle Gann, Music

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

What movie Do you Belong in?

Here is the result of my movie quiz - really, I hardly ever go to the movies.

Moulin Rouge!

What movie Do you Belong in?(many different outcomes!)
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Most Wanted Works of Art

"The Most Wanted Works of Art", an article by Kelly Devine Thomas at Art News Online, comes via Tyler Cowen and the Marginal Revolution blog.

This article gives a bird's eye view of some trends in art tastes and art desires. Interesting to read for example are the artists that Gates has collected and which oil paintings by private owners are simply "not for sale".

Friday, November 07, 2003

Please Touch the Art

Via the Explorator of Dave Meadows at Yahoo Groups we are directed to an article of November 2, 2003 by Carol Kino at the New York Times entitled Please Touch the Art

As Kino relates, a new method of "virtual" visits of museums can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago in an exhibition entitled "Dreaming in Pictures : The Photography of Lewis Carroll", a virtual method first organized by Douglas R. Nickel for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

This method can be called a "virtual book", probably first developed at the British Library in 1998 as a temporary display called "Turning the Pages". That this method is state of the art might even be inferred from David Small's use of small interactive displays for the recent opening in Manhattan, New York City Museum of Sex.

Similar "virtual books" have been used at the Detroit Institute of the Arts by Matt Sikora and then at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the exhibition "Degas and the Dance".

William Noel at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore also uses a virtual book to display nine rare books.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (I link here to the School since the museum website is not accessible as of this writing) in its coming Exhibition "Gauguin Tahiti" will also include digital kiosks.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, has used virtual-book kiosks.

Look also at the Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910-1934 online.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003 and lousy Ivy educations

Oh dear, this blog is so good that I am really a bit unhappy to have found it - the time, the time, it will take to read this marvelous stuff.

The two blowhards, Michael and Friedrich, who describe themselves as a "media flunky and arts buff" and an "entrepeneur and arts buff" have a blog called, you might have imagined it from the beginning,, which they describe as follows:

"In which two graying eternal amateurs discuss their passions, interests and obsessions, among them: movies, art, politics, evolutionary biology, taxes, writing, computers, these kids these days, and lousy Ivy educations."

To which - I must exclaim - that when the grass is always greener, they could have gone to Nebraska instead. And then they would have noticed they mispelled Freidrich in their template.

Their most recent posting - as of this date of course - is that "We Need a Sociobiological Economics", Friedrich writing to Michael, in a superb discussion - and beyond - of a book by Robert Axelrod, “The Evolution of Cooperation.”

Although they do not say it, it all has something to do with John von Neumann, the greatest mathematician of the 20th century, father of the internal programming of computers and of game theory, a theory which you can reduce to the basic principle that "if all other things are equal, the winner of the game is determined by the rules".

So, do the 2 Blowhards discuss "the rules"? Take a look at their blog.

Monday, November 03, 2003

Out of Lascaux

The culture blog Out of Lascaux not only has some wonderful postings on its own but also has a nice side-bar of links to "Culture Blogs" and we will be examining some of these blogs in the future.

We definitely agree with her statements about "Class Distinctions" as posted by Alexandra on October 27, 2003.
Crass is not class.

It is also good to see links to the real official sites (and not the imitators) for

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