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David Bowie Exhibition Details How An Artist Became An Icon

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There’s never been an artist quite like David Bowie, so it’s only fitting that a major exhibition chronicling the legend’s work is as diverse, expansive and exciting as his career over the past half century. “David Bowie Is,” opening Tuesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, contains more than 300 artifacts selected from an incredible 75,000 items Bowie ... Read More »

Memory and Regret: Jenny Holzer’s “Dust Paintings”

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Is an exhibition ever too beautiful for its own good? Jenny Holzer’s new show at Cheim & Read, Dust Paintings, is ravishing. But the sensuality of these text-based abstractions, done in oil on linen in mostly muted colors, runs counter to their content, which is derived from declassified government reports of brutalization and death during the Afghan War. At what point ... Read More »

Lessons learned as CSO’s art raffle fails to spark with audience

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From the outset, the plan appeared to have everything a well-heeled music lover could want – an exclusive fund-raiser, a good cause and a serious piece of art thrown into the mix. But when it came to the crunch, it turned out wealthy Canberrans weren’t as willing to part with their money as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra had hoped. Not ... Read More »

ISIS Cuts Art, Music, and History Education in Iraq

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The school year began September 9 in Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-occupied Mosul, Iraq, where extremists have eliminated art, music, history, literature, and classes about Christianity from the curriculum, reports CBS. So far, families in the second-largest city in Iraq have responded by keeping their children home. Homeschooling has become a popular option. “What’s important to us now is ... Read More »

Yves Klein: The man who invented a colour

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The Frenchman was an artist, showman and inventor – who created a hue that had never existed before. How did he achieve this? Alastair Sooke reports. One summer’s day in 1947, three young men were sitting on a beach in Nice in the south of France. To pass the time, they decided to play a game and divide up the ... Read More »

Theatre review: Master Class a masterful tribute to Maria Callas

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THEATRE Master Class ★★★★★ Terrence McNally fortyfivedownstairs Until August 28. The fiery Maria Callas – La Divina to her fans – was the ultimate diva as artist. She had a voice that will live forever, and a legend amplified by the essentially tragic arc of her life. Moving from the privations of wartime Greece (Callas performed Fidelio for the Nazis) to the ... Read More »

Master Class | Left Bauer Productions

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Initially, I confused Maria Callas with Diamanda Galas. The latter, I thought, would be a great subject for a play. When I realised my mistake I was a little disappointed because although Maria Callas did indeed lead an eventful life and was obviously worthy of celebrating in the form of a play, I don’t really like opera. And after reading ... Read More »

Opera Australia reveals lavish 2015 season

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The very grandest of grand opera, Verdi’s Don Carlos, is the top attraction in Opera Australia’s 2015 Melbourne season, announced on Monday. The pinnacle of the art form at its most massive in the late 19th century, Don Carlos features a top-drawer cast in a lavish multimillion-dollar new production. Set in 16th century Spain, it tells of the doomed love of Carlos and Elisabeth of ... Read More »

Mercedes does Callas in a masterclass

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When does an actor ever stop performing? Even off-stage, Maria Mercedes is an instinctive storyteller. Leaning forward, eyes alight, hoop earrings swinging, she’ll set the scene. Places hold meaning and memory for her. She’ll tell you about the spot down the road in the inner north where her father once had a milk bar. Or the time she demanded her ... Read More »