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  • Expanded MASS MoCA Galleries

    Preview of May 28 Opening

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 16th, 2017

    During a media tour of the final phase of build out for the 17 acre MASS MoCA campus artists, curators and installlers were working around the clock. While some of the works were not ready for prime time we caught an exciting glimpse of what visitors will encounter this summer in North Adams. The development of Building Six adds 130,000 square-feet of usable space. For renovations, programming and endowment the museum has raised $65 million.

  • Winter at The Mount

    Events Through February

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 18th, 2016

    Now that it is assured of ongoing financial stability The Mount, a landmark in the Berkshires, is moving toward increased winter programming., Here is a schedule of upcoming events.

  • Gloucester Author Peter Anastas

    Responding to Olson's Place as the Geography of Our Being

    By: Karl Young and Peter Anastas - Sep 24th, 2016

    During our recent visits including a residency at the Gloucester Writers Center we encountered the author Peter Anastas. He is an activist and author of novels based on Gloucster. In particular we are interested in his relationship with Charles Olson and his influence on the rich literary culture of Cape Ann. With permission we are reposting an excerpt of a long interview between Anastas and Karl Young.

  • Boston Globe Shrinks Fine Arts Coverage

    Eliminating Cate McQuaid's Weekly Gallery Column

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 21st, 2016

    Bad news continues for the arts community. The Boston Globe has announced that it is elminating Cate McQuaid's weekly gallery column. Kington Gallery is circulating a petition to have the vital coverage reinstated.

  • Roger Nierenberg Teaches Listening

    Kodaly, Britten, Wagner and Ravel at DeMenna Center

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 20th, 2016

    The conundrum of declining symphony audiences is being addressed with all sorts of efforts. The Roger Nierenberg proposal, mixing the audience in and with the orchestra, is a bold and helpful approach.

  • Globe and Times Shrink Arts Coverage

    Direct Impact on the Berkshires

    By: William Marx. - Sep 11th, 2016

    In the ever eroding realm of print journalism yet again the deep cuts are to the arts. Berkshire theatre companies, Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, and museums have long relied on reviews by the New York Times and Boston Globe. As of now the Times is eliminating "regional" coverage which includes the Berkshires. In the western part of the state the arts in the Berkshires are likely to get far less attention from the Boston Globe. With its emphasis on "national" coverage the Williamstown Theatre Festival this season moved opening night from Thursday to Saturday in a perceived snub to "local" reviews including timely blogs. Other than the Eagle they also diminished access for interviews and elminated press conferences. Those polices may come back to haunt arts organizations next summer.

  • Gonzo Aesthetics of Giuliano’s Poetry

    Ultra Cosmic Gonzology

    By: Robert Henriquez - Aug 18th, 2016

    With the third book of poetry by Charles Giuliano, Ultra Cosmic Gonzology, again the essayist is Robert Henriquez. The former CBS News producer has probed deeply into aspects of the avant-garde and places the development of gonzo poetry into a larger historical and literary context. The new book will be launched with a reading at Gloucester Writers Center on August 31.

  • Boston's The Arts Fuse

    Website Has Sixty Contributors

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 15th, 2016

    As news rooms and journals have shrunk or disappeared there are ever fewer resurces for established arts writers. In Boston William Marx has established the respected and ever expanding site The Arts Fuse. One of the sixty contributors, film critic Gerald Peary, wrote a memo to his colleagues. We have published an excerpt. We urge our readers to link to and discover this diverse and informative arts site.

  • Artwashing: Gentrification or Cultural Enrichment?

    Aiding Derelict Neighborhoods or Abetting Social Inequity

    Artwashing
    By: Mark Favermann - Aug 11th, 2016

    For the anti-gentrification critics, urban deterioration should be left the way it is rather than reverse it through the introduction of art galleries, performance spaces, work/live lofts, and museums. This is an issue wrapped in controversy that underscores progress while perhaps marginalizing impoverished residents and pioneering artists. It is hard to determine if everyone is right or everyone is wrong.

  • Huntington Theatre Company Gets A Reprieve

    Theatre To Stay Put on Avenue of the Arts

    By: Mark Favermann/Desiree Berry - Jun 09th, 2016

    After Boston University decided to sell the building in which the Huntington Theatre Company has had its lovely theatre last Fall, there was a great deal of agita and even grief as to what would become of the Huntington. Would the theatre company have to relocate? Would the large structure be torn down for expensive condos? Could the City of Boston help find a development/real estate partner? Like a Deus Ex Machina, Good News has arrived with a happy ending.

  • At Home With Lindsay Ann Crouse

    Reflecting on a Remarkable Life in Theatre

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 31st, 2016

    Having returned to Annisquam where she grew up during summers Lindsay Ann Crouse is performing annually with Gloucester Stage. We saw her launch the season with a lively and hilarious production of Lettice ad Lovage. As kids my sister Pip was Lindsay's age and I was a bit older than her brother Timothy. On a rainy day we met in her vintage village home and discussed a remarkable life in theatre with numerous stage, TV and film credits including an Oscar nomination and an Emmy.

  • Gagosian Asks Who Reads Poetry?

    Vulgarian One-percenters Trump the Art World

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 30th, 2016

    In the contemporary art world bigger is better. Presiding over the complex ever more decadent global art world is mega dealer Larry Gagosian. As king of the heap he makes no apology for catering to the whims and vulgarian taste of one-percenters. The benefit to the general public is that they can enjoy his museum-level gallery exhibitions free of charge. Critics may debate the quality of the work on display but their opinions have long since been marginalized by those who write the checks. De gustibus non est disputandum.

  • James Levine Resigns as Met's Music Director

    Tenure Ended by Chronic Illness

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 16th, 2016

    Speaking to the Maestro about chocolate in February, it was clear that he had not found the answer to uncontrollable hand and arm movements, although his mind was as a sharp as ever. We agreed that Mondel's was the best hand-made chocolate in New York, but he also likes Mrs. See's chocolates in Los Angeles. It would be encouraging to hear that he will continue working with young talent at the Met and at the Juilliard School.

  • The Mount 2016

    Schedule of Events

    By: Mount - Apr 01st, 2016

    The Mount in Lenox announces its schedule of events for the 2016 season.

  • Holiday Leftovers

    The New Agit-Prop

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 26th, 2016

    A friend wrote of spending Thanksgiving in the kitchen and concern that I had passed mine contemplating the pending decline and fall of an American empire. The response set forth some concerns for the new era of social and political commentary. The end is near and starts now.

  • Love at a Distance by Kaija Saariaho

    Heralded Across the Continent, So So at the Met Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 22nd, 2016

    An important opera by a major composer is set well at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Met Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki was magnificent. The orchestral score is one of beauty and terror, evoking the sea and the dangers of love. It is the story that provides an arc, and this production missed it entirely, leaving the experience flat.

  • Decline in Theatre and Arts Media Coverage

    Matt Windman Panel for American Theatre Critics Association

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 08th, 2017

    Matt Windman, author of “The Critics Say…57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future,” led a panel discussion during the NY ATCA conference on the state of theater criticism in today’s world of social media bloggers and a decreasing number of full-time print theater critics

  • Massive Rauschenberg Exhibition Headed to NY

    Mulling Over Perls of Wisdom

    By: Martin Mugar - May 12th, 2017

    When visiting the Frank Stella retropective at the Whitney in 2015 the critic had his car towed. The event was so costly and inconvenient that Martin Mugar is thinking twice of driving to Manhattan to view the upcoming Rauschenberg exhibition. Many of his concerns and misgivings are informed by the critical comments of the critic Jed Perl. Here Mugar refects on Perls of wsdom. They enforce his own ideas of how Rauschenberg is emeblematic of the decline and fall of art in our time. As Mugar states "If you like your postmodern condition you can keep your postmodern condition and Rauschenberg's your guy."

  • Met Opera Ends Season with a Bang

    Alagna Sings Cyrano

    By: Susan Hall - May 11th, 2017

    Opera is a form of many pieces. When the set, production, singing and orchestra work together, opera makes its own case. Cyrano de Bergerac realizes the seemingly Sisyphean task beautifully.

  • Agita of the Artist Martin Mugar

    Innocence and Experience

    By: Martin Mugar - Apr 26th, 2017

    For Blake, Christ was both a child and a lamb putting the innocence of the child and the lamb of the poem a priori in the realm of the godly. One cannot be a lamblike or a childlike without that innocence of God, which raises the question: what then is experience without innocence? Experience can only be a loss of innocence. Why do I in my painting linger in this realm of peachy keen colors if not to insist on the importance of this innocence that precedes experience.

  • Tilson Thomas and Gehry's New New World

    Miami Beach Leads the Way to Future of Classical Music

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 18th, 2017

    Frank Gehry babysat for Michael Tilson Thomas in Los Angeles where they both grew up. Now they are building a new world for classical music together.

  • Can the Metropolitan Opera Survive

    The House is One-Quarter Full

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 10th, 2017

    Sitting in the 7th row of the orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday night, in a skimpy house, most of my neighbors had paid between $20 and $37.50 for their tickets. Fortunately for the Met Opera, HD fans have a different take on Met productions than people who like their opera live.

  • How to Watch a Movie

    Salvation in a Darkened Room

    By: Nancy Kempf - Apr 10th, 2017

    This think piece explores the difference between movies and cinema. In a compelling overview Kempf states that "I go to a lot of movies for a variety of reasons: to learn about other worlds/people/times through fictions and documentaries, to measure the zeitgeist, to ease a 100°+ summer day, but my primary desire is to experience the art of cinema, a remarkable art that, even more than stage, is collaborative and incorporates the entire constellation of the arts."

  • Trumping the Arts

    Budget Wipeout of Government Funding

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 16th, 2017

    It is time for dissent and action. The federal budget proposes massive increases for national defense balanced by the elimination of $300 million currently supporting the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) which, if approved by a Republican dominated Congress, will be eliminated.

  • ICA To Lease Expanded Space

    Two if by Sea in East Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 07th, 2017

    When the Institute of Contemporary Art opened its waterfront home there were awards for the dramatic design by Diller Scofido and Renfro. Immediately, however, it was obvious that with 65,000 square feet, and just its top floor for exhibitions, there was no plan for expansion and growth. For the next five to ten years the ICA is leasing a 15,000 square foot industrial place in East Boston. Visitors will commute by ferry to the seasonal Watershed which opens in the summer of 2018.

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