Art Quote of the Day

Friday, December 30, 2022

Protecting Opera for future generations in Madrid

As profiled in the Financial Times, Teatro Real Madrid is leading the way on attracting younger audiences to "the most complete form of art" with special previews and after-parties.

"As soon as the silver curtain went down on Aida, hundreds of members of the audience rushed upstairs to the salons of Madrid’s opera house to drink beer and dance to a live DJ. From Verdi’s “Triumphal March” to Corona’s “Rhythm of the Night” without leaving the building. Three days before welcoming King Felipe and Queen Letizia for the opera’s official opening, the Teatro Real was hosting a special “youth preview” limited to people between 18 and 35 years of age, who got a discount price and an invitation to the “after opera”. As well as a DJ in the ballroom and several bars, four make-up stands offered guests the chance to evoke some of the opera’s characters. Started last year, this youth initiative is spearheading the institution’s attempt to develop a new generation of opera lovers."

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Next-Level Needlework: Craft Meets Fine Art

 This piece from the FT's How to Spend it really caught my eye this morning. 

There is "a growing recognition for fabric-based pieces as fine art. At Artsy, purchases of textile works rose 48 per cent from 2019 to 2020, while a broad spectrum of fabric-based endeavours – from the modernist weavings of Anni Albers and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, to the fibre sculptures of 87-year-old Sheila Hicks and the quilts of Alabama’s Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective – have been the subject of high-profile shows. Hicks also features in the Whitney’s current survey show, Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019, which positions 1960s textile art alongside the work of contemporary artists."

Friday, December 27, 2019

Has the Art Market Lost its Mind?

The Financial Times provides More evidence that the art market is bananas: "We didn’t need somebody to buy a banana for $120,000 to tell us that art collectors frequently have more money than sense. Such “ready-made” japes have been causing controversy since Marcel Duchamp first proposed his urinal over a century ago. But there is something about the timing of this furore — which saw collectors shell out $120,000 for editions of a banana, entitled “Comedian”, duct-taped to a wall by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan at Art Basel Miami Beach — that feels particularly distasteful."