Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, in a 2012 Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (Photo: Vulture.com)
At least once a week, I’m going to start sharing stories that intrigue me from the arts world. So much of what forms our way of thinking and our lives comes from the music that we listen to, the movies or other works of art we experience. Whether we realize it or not, art helps us appreciate the quality and permanence (or impermanence) of the world.
Why else would Rolling Stone bump Grammy-nominated rapper Drake off its cover to pay tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman? Art matters.
Washington Times: Devo guitarist Bob Casale dead at 61
Devo guitarist Bob Casale died suddenly Monday from health complications that led to heart failure, his brother announced Tuesday. He was 61.
“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” his brother, Gerald, a Devo vocalist, told TMZ. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer, and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got.”
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Guess what? You can watch Justin Bieber performing live in Cairo later this spring… for just under $300.00!
Cairo Scene.com: You Better Beliebe It!
The sprawling Porto Cairo Mall plays host to the boy wonder, this 25th April, 2014, turning the whole space into one giant arena for this once-in-a-lifetime concert. Tickets, of course, will be limited, but you can pre-reserve using Tazkarty.net to avoid disappointment….
You can call 02 3749 6162 now to get your name on the advanced sale list and become the first to know then [sic] the tickets are released. Alternatively, you can head to Tazkarty.net and register your interest, filling out the online form accurately and you will be called back.
Tickets are extremely limited and will officially go on sale at the beginning of March….
Tickets will be on sale for 2000LE [$287.212] per person.
Also, at Egyptian Chronicles: As if #Egypt needs this, Justin Bieber is coming to Cairo
Modern Art Painting Sells for Record Price through Christie’s in Europe
The Guardian: Francis Bacon painting of burglar who broke into his house sells for £42m
Also at Irish Examiner: Francis Bacon painting sells for a record €51 million
A masterpiece by Francis Bacon has become the most valuable piece of artwork ever sold by auction house Christie’s in Europe after going under the hammer for a record £42.2m (€51m).
Miami New Times: Miami Artist Destroyed $1M Ai Weiwei Vase Because PAMM “Only Displays International Artists”
The vandal is actually Maximo Caminero, a well-known local painter who has shown works at the Fountain Art Fair. He tells New Times that he destroyed the vase to make a point….
“I wanted to draw attention to the fact that there are many foreign artists like myself and others who have been here thirty years and have never received attention or support from MAM or now PAMM and other local museums,” he continues. “We are all taxpayers here and PAMM used $200 million of public money on its building and opened with Weiwei’s work to draw attention to itself and as always continues to ignore local artists.”
The Speakeasy blog at the Wall Street Journal: Italian art sleuth is testing DNA of the skeletal remains of the ‘real’ Mona Lisa to gain insight into the artwork
Italian art sleuth Silvano Vinceti announced the start of DNA tests on a skeleton that could be the remains of Lisa Gherardini, the Florentine noblewoman widely believed to the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. If the skeleton turns out to belong to Gherardini, Vinceti plans to build a computer-generated reconstruction of her face, which could shed new light on the age-old fascination with the world’s most famous painting.
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Hat tip on the previous two stories: Lisa Fung
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Through an intergovernmental agreement signed on March 6, 2007, France and the United Arab Emirates decided to create a universal museum, bearing the name Louvre Abu Dhabi, with an opening slated for 2014….
The right to use the Louvre name for thirty years, governed by a specific agreement between the Musée du Louvre and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is a key issue.
That’s it for now. Feel free to give feedback on the Arts Roundup… I’d love to hear what you think!
Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. compete during the figure skating ice-dance free dance program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 17, 2014. (Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)