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Exit Through the Gift Shop: A street film about streeet art. gets 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Art of the Steal: How a governor, mayor, major foundations and the Philadelphia establihsment ripped off a $25 billion art collection. This 2009 movie is not just about art, however; it is about how a corrupt city really operates.

JUST THE FACTS

2015

Arts attendance continues to slide

In 2007, a whopping 400,000 books were published or distributed in the United States, up from 300,000 in 2006, according to the industry tracker Bowker, which attributed the sharp rise to the number of print-on-demand books and reprints of out-of-print titles. University writing programs are thriving, while writers' conferences abound, offering aspiring authors a chance to network and "workshop" their work. The blog tracker Technorati estimates that 175,000 new blogs are created worldwide each day . . . And the same N.E.A. study found that 7 percent of adults polled, or 15 million people, did creative writing, mostly "for personal fulfillment.". . . IUniverse, a self-publishing company founded in 1999, has grown 30 percent a year in recent years; it now produces 500 titles a month and has 36,000 titles in print, said Susan Driscoll, a vice president of its parent company, Author Solutions. . . Driscoll said that most writers using iUniverse sell fewer than 200 books. Other self-publishing outfits report similar growth. Xlibris, a print-on-demand operation, has 20,000 titles in print, by more than 18,000 authors, said Noel Flowers, a company spokesman. - Rachel Donadio, NY Times

2014

MUSIC SALES DOWN 21% THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON

AMERICANS DOING LESS READING FOR FUN. . . AND IT SHOWS

ROCK ARTISTS TWICE AS LIKELY TO DIE EARLY

Art is the serendipity that occurs when imagination meets discipline and skill. Every work of art is a challenge to the status quo because it proposes to replace a part of it - Sam Smith

Fine arts grad programs losing ground

How important are the arts to GDP?

2015

Increase in percent of films that depict killing

Now even art has haters on the prowl

Bright yellow colors in Matisse and Van Gogh paintings are fading

Who goes to Broadway?

Federal govenmment arts spending 1/40th that of Germany

Major Washington museum dumps its docents

Detroit creditors out for all of its art collection

Does eccentricity help you sell your art?

Monty Python revival sells out in 43 seconds

At what age are artists most creative?

Chris Dodd gets paid $3.3 million to lead the movie lobby, MPAA. That's five percent of MPAA's total income.

Americans' interest in arts is declining

Portland OR police make leading grafitti artist cover up his work

How Hollywood cooperated with the Nazis

The longest commercial in history

“Man of Steel,” the new Superman movie, set a record before even one ticket was sold: It had the most promotional tie-ins ever, with more than 100 companies paying around $160 million to get close to the man in blue.

Filmmaker takes Warner Bros to court for claining copyright of "Happy Birthday to You"

Entropy update: Detroit dictator wants to sell off city's art

What a high school teacher thinks of the "Great Gatsby" film

Warner, MGM and Universal Studios screw up home film watching

A brief history of applause

Why the art thieves aren't going to jail

Spooks and military take over Hollywood

Proof That Release Dates Really Do Affect the Oscars

2012

Looks like piracy doesn't hurt; Hollywood sets record

An amazing GOP staffer's analysis of myths about copyright (which his superiors, of course, suppressed) As Maryland Pirates notes, "Unfortunately, someone (we assume the copyright lobby) got to them within hours of the document appearing and the publication was pulled from the committee's website. Luckily, in the Internet age, copies were preserved elsewhere."

New York's highest court rules lap dancing ain't art

Being rejected can increase creativity

Another awful decision by the Supreme Court

Arts and architecture degrees least useful in getting a job

Movies

70% of 11,000 silent movies made in America between 1912 and 1930 have been lost

2012
Academy Awards decided by old white guys
Movie industry fought technology that now brings it two thirds of its revenue

2011
Movie attendance hits 16 year low

The rise of crypto-fascist Hollywood

The death of movies

2010

MOVIE & RECORD COMPANIES INTENSIFY WAR AGAINST THEIR CUSTOMERS

2010

How do you move $25 billion worth of art six miles down the road?...

What is poetry for?

LAWYERS FIGURE OUT ANOTHER WAY TO KILL THE ARTS

BLOOMBERG BULLIES ARREST ARTIST FOR PAINTING OUTDOORS

CHILD ABUSE: KILLING ARTS FOR KIDS

ADVANCED ART TECHNIQUES: BOADWEE RECTAL SQUIRT METHOD

AVERAGE AMERICAN CONSUMES 100,000 WORDS A DAY

ARTS ATTENDANCE FALLING

UMBERTO ECO ON THE VIRTUES OF LISTS

PASSINGS: JEANNE-CLAUDE

HISTORIAN FINDS GERMANY'S 19TH CENTURY INDUSTRAL EXPANSION AIDED BY LACK OF COPYRIGHT LAW

Art museum commissions, then destroys art

This past week, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles commissioned Blu, an international street art rock star, to paint a mural on a nearby wall in conjunction with their upcoming Art in the Street exhibition. Less than 24 hours later, the same museum ordered the work destroyed. For an uncomfortably long time, MOCA remained mum as to why they rushed to cover up the work, which featured rows of coffins draped in dollar bills. Then, they finally issued a response, stating that the work was “inappropriate” given that their neighbourhood included a war monument and a veterans’ hospital.

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2009

RECORDING CORPORADOS KILLING LIVE MUSIC

COMIC BOOKS GOOD FOR READING

THE END OF LIBRARIES?

THE LITERATURE OF BOAT LOGS

NOVEMBER 2009

RECORD INDUSTRY HITTING BEST CUSTOMERS WITH DOWNLOAD WAR

MUSICIANS PROTEST USE OF SONGS FOR TORTURE

OVERTHINKING IT PROVES THAT WHILE CORRELATION IS NOT NECESSARILY CAUSATION,
IT CAN STILL BE A LOT OF FUN

BRITISH RECORDING CORPORADOS BULLIED WOMAN WHO SANG WHILE SHE STACKED SHELVES

A GUITAR DUET LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN

NEW BOOK ON THELONIOUS MONK

NEW TECHNOLOGY HAS ALWAYS SCARED SOMEONE (AND THEIR LAWYERS)

LAST DAYS OF THE POLYMATH

MAN READS FINNEGAN'S WAKE ALOUD FOR 29 HOURS & 15 MINUTES

OCTOBER 2009

BRITISH MUSICIANS RISE TO DEFENSE OF DOWNLOADERS

WHERE TO FIND THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

TEACHING PRISONERS ABOUT SLAVE SHIPS AND PIRATES

CHRIS CONNORS

AUGUST 2009

LARGEST NUMBER OF BREWERS IN 100 YEARS

A STIMULUS PACKAGE THAT WORKS: ANOTHER MERYL STREEP FILM

JAZZ IS LOSING ITS AUDIENCE

THE STUFFIES TRY TO DISCIPLINE THE INTERNET

HOW BIG IS THE INTERNET?

IF YOU DON'T LIKE FACEBOOK, YOU CAN BE FRIENDS WITH BILL GATES

WHY DOESN'T COMEDY GET MORE RESPECT?

THE FOG OF NUMBERS

WHERE MUSIC WENT

NEARLY HALF OF AMERICANS THINK OUR BEST DAYS ARE OVER

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HANDWRITING?

HOME FUNERALS BECOMING MORE COMMON

SEX OUT, TEXT IN

PETE SEEGER TURNS 90

JULY 2009

TOUGH TIMES FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS

MAY 2009

NEW MACHINE PRINTS BOOKS ON DEMAND

ILLEGAL DOWNLOADERS TEN TIMES MORE LIKELY TO PAY FOR MUSIC, TOO

APRIL 2009

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTS IN BAD TIMES

BRITISH MUSICIANS SAY DON'T PUNISH FANS FOR DOWNLOADING

MARCH 2009

THE WAR AGAINST ART

HARD TIMES IN THE HUMANITIES

FEBRUARY 2009

WHY AREN'T MUSICIANS BIGGER SOUND FREAKS?

FEDERAL JUDGE SAYS RECORD COMPANIES CAN'T COLLECT RESTITUTION FOR EACH ILLEGAL DOWNLOAD

WHY ACADEMIC WRITING IS SO HARD TO READ

THE NEGLECTED NATIONAL MALL

NAT HENTOFF: JAZZ AND DEMOCRACY

JANUARY 2009

BOOK PUBLISHING IN BIG TROUBLE

ARTS GROUPS NEED FEDERAL HELP NOW

THE OTHER EARTHA KITT

TURNS OUT INTERNET DOESN'T HAVE SUCH A LONG TAIL FOR MUSIC SALES

HOW LITERARY STUDIES HURT LITERATURE