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Jon Pareles’s Top 10 Albums of 2012

Jon Pareles’s Top 10 Albums of 2012 | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
Rap or Rock or Folk-Jazz, They’ve Got Soul. From Frank Ocean to Bettye LaVette, the best music of 2012.
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How Bikini Kill Sparked the Riot-Grrrl Movement

How Bikini Kill Sparked the Riot-Grrrl Movement | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer of the band Bikini Kill, is one of America’s greatest living rock performers.

Hanna embodied the sexuality embedded in rock—and mocked it.

Although Hanna helped put together the first issue of the zine riot grrrl, in July of 1991, and was a member of the scene’s most intensely discussed band, she bristles at the suggestion that she was the movement’s leader. Collectives are like that—designed to create community—while the historical record often insists on seeing a generative process, with a single source, like the starter’s pistol that kicks off a race

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/musical/2012/11/26/121126crmu_music_frerejones#ixzz2CkXwIWl2
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Neuroaesthetics: Nobel Laureate Explores How Art Affects the Brain

Neuroaesthetics: Nobel Laureate Explores How Art Affects the Brain | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
Neuropsychiatrist and Nobel laureate Eric Kandel's recent book on the brain, art and the creative process is a fascinating look into the brand new area of research called "neuroaesthetics." Just as fascinating is his perspective on turn-of-the-century Vienna, the city of his birth, which later expelled him for being Jewish.

This is the opening scene in New York neuroscientist Eric Kandel's exploration of his native Vienna, a tome entitled "The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present," published this spring in English and this month in German.

It's a 656-page excursion that takes the reader all the way to the depths of the soul, the cavernous chasms of sex and the secrets of beauty. Here, in Vienna, the former capital of the Habsburg Empire, the author traces a major revolution in Western thinking.

Read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/nobel-laureate-examines-neuroaesthetics-and-broken-relationship-with-vienna-a-859639.html
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How HBO's True Blood Could Be Told In 2020

How HBO's True Blood Could Be Told In 2020 | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
Last night concluded Season 5 of HBO's wildly popular True Blood. It was, to say the least, a gory mess. One that succeeded for all of the classic reasons — it spun fun and intense stories, it engaged its audience with characters that audiences care about and it left them wanting more.

So what about that might change by the end of this decade? Maybe less those core elements — says a recent study by technology research firm Latitude – and more how they expand to platforms, how they listen to audiences and how they stretch across time.

...what caught my eye was a section called Best Practices and started, “The perfect story would …” Applying it to True Blood, let’s take a look:

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The Art of the Flame-Out

The Art of the Flame-Out | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
After 40 years in a mental-hospital exile, ahead-of-her-time Japanese rabble-rouser Yayoi Kusama is making trouble again. Finally, the art world is paying attention.


Kusama’s is a wonderful behind-the-music story, the outsider with destiny in her sights, who moves to the big city to prove herself, then collapses under the strain of striving, only to stage a comeback, bigger than ever.


Kusama calls her work “art-medicine”—for both herself and the rest of us. “I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society I myself envisioned.”


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Yayoi Kusama's Dotty Retrospective Shows an Artist Unafraid of Branded Fame

Yayoi Kusama's Dotty Retrospective Shows an Artist Unafraid of Branded Fame | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
The Japanese artist's long-overdue retrospective takes care to tread through Kusama's tumultuous biography, including her bohemian performances in '60s New York.


There is Kusama the myth, the legendary Japanese woman who invaded the New York City art scene at its height, decamped, and has now returned to be trumpeted by major international museums and the world’s biggest fashion label. Then there’s Kusama the artist, who should be evaluated solely on the strength of her work.


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Fiona Apple Is Not Insane

Fiona Apple Is Not Insane | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
"The Idler Wheel...,' her mesmerizing fourth album, offers the most vivid glimpse yet inside the songwriter's head.


Fiona Apple's new album is the kind of record you rave about to everybody and end up sounding kind of out of your mind for doing so.


Her first release in seven years, a collection of weird, stripped-down anthems produced by her drummer, has been rattling around in my head for a week now, and every time I've talked with someone about it, the conversation has revolved around the word "crazy."


Read more: Entertainment - Spencer Kornhaber - Fiona Apple Is Not Insane - The Atlantic http://bit.ly/KUA3cs

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Girls: From Lightning Rod to Must-See TV

Girls: From Lightning Rod to Must-See TV | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
Now that we're past all the questions about nepotism, privilege, and race, it's plain to see that the series is a remarkable one.


[Editor's note: The following piece on season one of Girls contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.]


It's the show's job to present intriguing characters and situations that the imaginative viewer can translate into their own terms and relate to.


On that score, Dunham's series is a major success. At certain points, Girls' first season reminded me of a naturalistic, younger version of Seinfeld, which was about selfish people behaving abominably. Girls understands its characters better than they understand themselves, but has the good sense to just let their behavior exist onscreen, and let us decide to hate them and tune out or see ourselves in them and keep watching.


Read more: http://www.vulture.com/2012/06/matt-zoller-seitz-season-one-reappraisal-of-girls.html?mid=agenda--20120618

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The Women of 'Mad Men' and 'Game of Thrones'

The Women of 'Mad Men' and 'Game of Thrones' | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
Both Sunday shows belonged to their female characters this season...


Both Game of Thrones, which ended the Sunday before last, and Mad Men, which drew to a close less than 24 hours ago, preoccupied their seasons with women revising their relationships to power: figuring out how to get it, how to use it, and what it means.


Read more: The Women of 'Mad Men' and 'Game of Thrones' | SPIN | Wide Angle http://bit.ly/LPbbF5

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The Psychedelic Deconstruction of an Ordinary New York City Street

The Psychedelic Deconstruction of an Ordinary New York City Street | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
Cyriak Harris, an animator known for his disturbing, Escheresque animations, brings his signature style to this music video for Eskmo's "We Got More."  ...


Make sure to watch it full screen with the volume up to appreciate the meticulous choreography of live action elements that defy the laws of physics.


Read more and view video: Entertainment - Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg - The Psychedelic Deconstruction of an Ordinary New York City Street - The Atlantic http://bit.ly/JzafX9

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Blow Job: An Extreme Wind Photoseries | Incredible Things

Blow Job: An Extreme Wind Photoseries | Incredible Things | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
Photographer Tadao Cern brings us this series of pictures capturing its models being blown... by intense high winds.


The pictures are super silly and LOL-worthy. Which, admittedly, is basically the opposite of what I was expecting when I first read the title of the project, Blow Job. I assumed the images would be more, you know, private in the mouthy?


Read more: Blow Job: An Extreme Wind Photoseries | Incredible Things http://bit.ly/JBdJ9x

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Has the Art Market Lost its Mind?

Has the Art Market Lost its Mind? | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it

These are crazy times, so why should the art market be immune? However, there’s madness and then there’s sheer madness.


Only half over, the month of May 2012 might go down as the maddest month in art market history (at least until the next spate of insanity).


Kicking off with the purchase of a pastel version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream (detail of another version shown above) for a new auction record of $119.9 million USD, the irrationality has risen seemingly day by day.


Why in the midst of a global recession is the art market booming? Has the art market lost its mind? Or should we all be screaming over how this boom is even possible?


Read more: Has the Art Market Lost its Mind? | Picture This | Big Think http://bit.ly/JoJXEO

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Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak

Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are became a perennial and award-winning favorite for generations of children, died on Tuesday. He was 83.


"Do parents sit down and tell their kids everything? I don't know. I don't know," he told Gross in a 2003 conversation. "I've convinced myself — I hope I'm right — that children despair of you if you don't tell them the truth."


Read more: Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak : NPR http://n.pr/JeIf5r

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Tom Waits, All-Night Rambler | Archives | Rolling Stone

Tom Waits, All-Night Rambler | Archives | Rolling Stone | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
A past-midnight drive with insomnia's best pal...

( Tom Waits in Los Angeles, circa 1975.
Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES—

A diamond mist sticks to my windshield as irrepressible night cat Tom Waits and I take off on a deserted Santa Monica Boulevard in my '69 Chevy.

It's 3:15 a.m., we have no direction, and – as Waits would say – it's colder than a well-digger's ass.as Waits would say.

This has been an important night for Waits and he's not through with it yet. A couple of hours earlier, he had finished his first engagement at the Troubadour, and the songwriter/poet singer/actor had done well. Owner Doug Weston had just told him so in the alley as we were leaving. He wants Waits back soon.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: Understanding Debussy

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: Understanding Debussy | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
The omnipresent pianist on performing the French composer's music.

His love of contemporary music was cultivated in associations with composers like Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez (Mr. Aimard was a founding member of the latter's Ensemble InterContemporain). But he is equally gifted in the standard repertoire, and in this 150th anniversary year of Claude Debussy, it's no surprise that his latest recording features both books of that composer's Preludes. He performs Book II at Carnegie Hall on Thursday.

As one of a group of Parisians living at the turn of the 20th century who revolutionized the arts by seeking to merge poetry, color, music and even fragrance into a single sensual ideal, Debussy radically changed ideas of how the piano could be played.

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Peter Travers' 2012 Fall Movie Preview | Rolling Stone

Peter Travers' 2012 Fall Movie Preview | Rolling Stone | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
The 25 movies to see and five that go straight into the Scum Bucket...

Fall at the movies. The time when Hollywood seeks redemption for shoveling so much summer crap by presenting movies that might actually be – wait for it – good! Daniel Craig is back as James Bond in Skyfall. I'm there. The Wachowski siblings (Andy and Lana) are back in the Matrix-like maze of Cloud Atlas. I'm so there. Peter Jackson is back in Lord of the Rings territory in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Ditto. KStew and RPatz are back in The Twilight Saga. OK, I'm not so hot to be there for that one, but at least it's the final vampire chapter.

Everybody knows fall is really about one thing: Oscar! Oscar! Oscar! Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, Bill Murray as FDR, Russell Crowe singing in Les Miserables, Quentin Tarantino taking on slavery in Django Unchained, Paul Thomas Anderson exposing religious cults in The Master, Kathryn Bigelow hunting Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty and Ben Affleck showing real directing chops in the Iran hostage drama Argo. Keep reading for more of the best and Scum Bucket worst to come.

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Rock Out With History's Most Visionary Female Rock Stars

Rock Out With History's Most Visionary Female Rock Stars | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
Early 20th century French composer Nadia Boulanger once said: "A great work of art is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty." It is safe to say the first ladies of rock-n-roll were no classical composers, shoving obedience to the side as they pursued their own ways to be free in a field dominated by men.


Patti Smith's boots.

Whether a pair of studded combat boots or a studded corset, the icons of rock's female visionaries create an alternative timeline that sparkles, quite literally. A new exhibition entitled "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power," will honor the women who blazed the trail for rockers and feminists alike, beginning with those who made a place for women in the music industry, and ending with the ones who eventually took it over.

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Michael Thompson. The Artist Without Borders Speaks About his Creativity for Positive Change and Peace Activism.

Michael Thompson. The Artist Without Borders Speaks About his Creativity for Positive Change and Peace Activism. | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
  An Exclusive Interview with Michael Thompson, by Maria Papaefstathiou for GRaphicART-news.com Michael Thompson is a graphic designer from Jamaica based on United States.


We spoke about his ‘freestyle’, ‘without borders art’ and his creativity. Michael’s wish is to make a difference with art and to bring awareness to the many social issues affecting large section of our planet. Using his creativity for positive change and peace activism.


“Art should speak loudly and make an impact for those who pause for a moment to look and think.


Art should not only make pretty statements, but also make an impact on the lives of those who struggle or are oppressed.


Art should shout.”


Read more: Michael Thompson. The Artist Without Borders Speaks About his Creativity for Positive Change and Peace Activism. http://bit.ly/MriHW1

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Lena Dunham Remembers Nora Ephron

Lena Dunham Remembers Nora Ephron | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
“This Is My Life” is the movie that made me want to make movies. I first saw it in second grade, so I wouldn’t have articulated it as such, but that’s what was going on. I must have watched it on VHS eleven or twelve times in one summer, trying hard to grasp something.


Her relationship to “women in film” questions and debates has fully dictated my response: a mix of a raised brow—“Do we really need to go over this again?”—and an understanding that sexism isn’t gone, and that we have to engage in the debate a bit, even when it frustrates us.


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Newton’s girl power, back in Vogue

Newton’s girl power, back in Vogue | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it

Although the infamous fashion photographer was killed in a car crash in 2004, he’s back in the news this week with Three Boys from Pasadena, a new tribute to him in Berlin by his three most intimate protégées – Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis. It follows a show of Newton’s work at the Grand Palais in Paris and another one just launched in Los Angeles.


There must be a certain look of availability in the women I photograph,” Newton wrote in the book White Women. “I think the woman who gives the appearance of being available is sexually much more exciting than a woman who’s completely distant. This sense of availability I find erotic.”


By availability, he meant eagerness, the kind of salubrious-yet-dirty woman we are seeing in everything from Girls to the rise of sexy-nasty female comics, to the now infamous Anastasia Steele.


Reaf more: Newton’s girl power, back in Vogue - The Globe and Mail http://bit.ly/LiKl8V

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The 2012 Tony Awards: Once Wins Eight Times and Off-Broadway Seizes the Day

The 2012 Tony Awards: Once Wins Eight Times and Off-Broadway Seizes the Day | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it

By design, the Tonys is an annual celebration of all things big, brash, and Broadway, or as the evening’s game, charming host, Neil Patrick Harris (returning for the third time), put it, “Fifty Shades of Gay.” 


But the big champion this year was Off-Broadway.


Best Play winner Clybourne Park, an excoriating comedy about race relations, and Best Musical winner Once, a delicate, melancholy chamber piece about lost love on the streets of Dublin, started life at Playwrights Horizons and New York Theater Workshop, respectively, small theaters off the main stem.


Read more: The 2012 Tony Awards: Once Wins Eight Times and Off-Broadway Seizes the Day - Culture - Vogue http://bit.ly/LjlWwm

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Game of Thrones Watch: Smoke on the Water, Fire in the Sky

Game of Thrones Watch: Smoke on the Water, Fire in the Sky | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it

SPOILER ALERT: Before you read this post, gather your closest friends for some wine and nightshade, raise the drawbridge and watch last night's Game of Thrones - "Blackwater".


"Some of those boys will never come back." "Joffrey will. The worst ones always live.”


They call the series Game of Thrones, but with so many events happening in so many places, the Iron Throne that everyone is actually fighting over often seems to be a distant abstraction. “Blackwater,” the best hour of the season and possibly of the series altogether, bore down concentratedly on King’s Landing and those trying to defend and take it, and it was astonishing.


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'Saturday Night Live' Shows Its Heart On Kristen Wiig's Last Night

'Saturday Night Live' Shows Its Heart On Kristen Wiig's Last Night | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
On this weekend's Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig got an emotional send-off.


Saturday night's episode, hosted by Mick Jagger, was the last for Kristen Wiig, who's been with SNL since 2005, when truly, just about nobody had ever heard of her. Now, she's the star and Oscar-nominated co-writer of one of the most successful comedies in recent memory, and she has a full slate of upcoming film roles.


Read more: 'Saturday Night Live' Shows Its Heart On Kristen Wiig's Last Night : Monkey See : NPR http://n.pr/JxcRyk

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A Brief History of John Baldessari

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John Baldessari believes that every young artist should know 3 things:


1. Talent is cheap

2. You have to be possessed, which you can’t will

3. Being at the right place at the right time


Tom Waits narrates a quirky 6-minute documentary about contemporary art legend John Baldessari.
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Photos: Massimo Vitali’s Italy

Photos: Massimo Vitali’s Italy | LOVE OF ARTS | Scoop.it
From historic piazzas to local swimming holes, photographer Massimo Vitali has long used his camera as a tool for social research—studying what happens when people come together in public places.


Working with large-format cameras since 1993, Vitali observes his subjects from a distance, capturing their unguarded interactions with their environment and one another in extraordinary detail.


Read more: Photos: Massimo Vitali’s Italy | Culture | Vanity Fair http://vnty.fr/KEg3i1

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