The unfolding social, moral and cultural crisis could not be fully understood just by analyzing artistic style or scrutinizing a painting’s symbols. Those tools were necessary, but not enough. To a degree that hadn’t happened before, his study focused on the larger Sienese and Florentine experience. … [Read more...] about Column: Bubonic plague in Europe changed art history. Why coronavirus could do the same
Contemporary indigenous artists
Let me digress here to address one of the comments of my friends which described Aawe people as eaters of “meals with ‘Oku Adie’ delicacy”. It was a case of conflict between a rural girl’s view and that of city minds. It was one of the Aawe girls who migrated to Lagos to serve as house-helps to the then growing corps of elite white expatriates and slaves-returnees community in Lagos who declared that there was nothing unhygienic in cooking and eating domestic fowls that were regularly killed by impatient Oyinbo vehicle drivers. … [Read more...] about Historiography and tale of two Awe towns
But Herrera’s targets aren’t just hypocrites and puritans. “Fathers” allots screen time to a NOLA Carnival-goer who dismisses San Francisco AIDS documentaries as overly grim, saying that “you have to have something to laugh” about. Outrage can be exhausting, the film argues, and for people to get up and fight another day, they need to be touched. They need to be surrounded by beautiful things. They need exposure to radiant joy, even if that looks like cruising at funerals. … [Read more...] about Leo Herrera’s film ‘Fathers’ asks: What if AIDS never touched San Francisco?
Ideology, blind faith and an overpowerful Ministry for Book-keeping – aka the Treasury – have been governing Britain. The country needs more innovation, enlarged opportunity, a step change in the quality and quantity of its public infrastructure, higher-quality education, a housing revolution and a new social settlement. These are indispensable preconditions for any mass flourishing and countering inequality – and a means of propelling the economy forward in the wake of a financial crisis whose depressive legacy will be felt for more years yet. Yes, the public deficit must be lowered, but within a larger and balanced programme of national renewal: taxes must rise substantially in the next parliament – the price tag for putting justice, equity, opportunity and wider economic wellbeing on our list of national objectives. Living within our means should not mean abandoning our civilisation or devastating public capacity to improve the lot of our citizens. The … [Read more...] about British capitalism is broken. Here’s how to fix it
Penderecki won a number of Grammy Awards during the course of his career. The Recording Academy awarded him the special merit National Trustees Award in 1968. In 1988, he won a Grammy for the recording of his 2nd Concerto for Cello, with Rostropovich. Two more came 11 years later, for his 2nd Violin Concerto, “Metamorphosen,” written for and performed by Mutter, with Penderecki conducting. Most recently, a Grammy for best choral performance came in 2017 in recognition of the “Penderecki Conducts Penderecki” album. … [Read more...] about Polish composer, conductor Krzysztof Penderecki, known for monumental works, dies at 86