Worth a read: Recent cultural buzz

A few stories and cultural news moments that caught our eye this week:

Iris Van Herpen, Biophilia Dress (2011). Photo: Ben Davis.
Iris Van Herpen, Biophilia Dress (2011).
Photo: Ben Davis.
  • This weekend, the mighty Museum of Modern Art opens its massive — and enormously hyped — exhibit on Icelandic songstress and alt culture icon Björk  And the show receives a universal trouncing. Writes one critic in The Guardian: “It’s one part Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exercise, one part science lab, one part synesthesia experiment, one part Madame Tussaud’s parody.
  • He’s made a reputation — and a huge social media following  — for never (thankfully) keeping his irreverent mouth shut. Now art critic Jerry Saltz gets suspended from Facebook. Granted, Saltz loves to push the limits of good taste, but he also never fails to skewer art world power brokers.
  •  Mammoth changes within one of the oldest popular performing arts genres. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out using elephants in its performances.
  • Signs that Broadway is desperate?
  •  And from our own work, the University of Texas unveils the first sculpture by a female artist on its campus. Nancy Rubins uniquely elegant “Monochrome for Austin” is also the now the largest sculpture on the Forty Acres. Our slide show.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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