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Culture shift needed as audiences decline for both real and virtual events

A year ago, as Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme finally began to roll out, the internet was our main way of engaging with the arts. I wrote a column back then arguing that organisations needed to move away from all the free events of the time, which risked devaluing arts performances and setting a longer-term expectation …

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Photo by: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2022 5/19/22 Anna Sorokin (aka Anna Delvey) launched her solo art exhibit titled, "Allegedly" at the Public Hotel in New York City on May 19, 2022. She surprised her friends and fans by appearing in a video call from an ICE detention facility in Upstate New York wearing a yellow jumpsuit.

I Have Seen the Death of Culture, and It Was Anna Delvey’s Art Show

“Welcome to my partyyyyyy,” a vaguely Eastern European-accented voice drones, as a crowd of reporters, influencers, and hangers-on whip out their phones to capture the magic. “Shut up! I’m a masterpiece. I’m a masterpiece. I am Annaaaaaaa. Am I gorgeous or what? And don’t you worry. The wire money is coming. The wire money is …

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Want to make art? You better be rich: how Australian culture locked out the working class

Growing up in central Queensland in the 1980s, Ruth Clare didn’t even know a career in the arts was a possibility. Rockhampton was a “beef town”, she says, full of cowboys and miners, where there was nothing to do but drink. Her stay-at-home mum became depressed after her dad, a Vietnam war veteran, left. Even …

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Revisiting New York’s radical punk and no wave scene of the 70s and 80s

In fall 1975, André Leon Talley brought Bobby Grossman to the Factory to meet Andy Warhol. Then an illustration major at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Bobby presented his portfolio to Andy along with the Factory’s formidable power players, including Fred Hughes, Vincent Fremont, and Ronnie Cutrone. “Andy looked through my collages and drawings and …

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