must see new releases at the movies....

Tuesday 29 September 2009 9 responses

Maos Last Dancer
Li Cunxin’s Autobiography, "Mao's Last Dancer", was recently published and immediately hit the top of Australia’s best sellers list. It was number 1 in the non-fiction category and won the Book of the Year Award in Australia, the Christopher Award in America and it was short-list for the National Biography Award among other prestigious literary awards. It stayed on the top 10 Bestseller List for over one and a half years and it is in the 32nd printing, it has been published and sold in over 20 countries and a featured film is in the pipeline.

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AQUA is a cinematic odyssey that tells the story of the Great Barrier Reef, without words. In a ground-breaking approach to natural-history storytelling, AQUA has no narration and no presenter, and is entirely driven by the best dance/trance DJs in the world.

Who Does She Think She Is?
Five female artists explore the competing demands of muse and family in “Who Does She Think She Is?,” an engaging documentary about the struggle to create art while nurturing life.
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A new book for Artists ...

Monday 21 September 2009 7 responses

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” —Chuck Close

Inside the Painter's Studio Joe Fig
ISBN 97815689885287 x 9.5 inches (17.8 x 24.1 cm), Paperback , 240 pages 200 color illustrations In print (publication date 10/24/2009) A PAPress publication; Rights: World;
$35.00 £22.50

Inside an art gallery, it is easy to forget that the paintings there are the end products of a process involving not only creative inspiration, but also plenty of physical and logistical details. It is these "cruder," more mundane aspects of a painter's daily routine that motivated Brooklyn artist Joe Fig to embark almost ten years ago on a highly unorthodox, multilayered exploration of the working life of the professional artist. Determined to ground his research in the physical world, Fig began constructing a series of diorama-like miniature reproductions of the studios of modern art's most legendary painters, such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. A desire for firsthand references led Fig to approach contemporary artists for access to their studios. Armed with a camera and a self-made "Artist's Questionnaire," Fig began a journey through the workspaces of some of today's most exciting contemporary artists.

Inside the Painter's Studio collects twenty-four remarkable artist interviews, as well as exclusive visual documentation of their studios. Featured artists were asked a wide range of questions about their day-to-day creative life, covering everything from how they organize their studios to what painting tools they prefer. Artists open up about how they set a creative mood, how they choose titles, and even whether they sit or stand to contemplate their work. Also included are a selection of Fig's meticulously detailed miniatures. In this context Fig's diminutive sculptures—reproducing minutiae of the studio, from paint-tube labels and paint splatters on the floor to the surface texture of canvases—become part of a fascinating new form of portraiture as diorama. Inside the Painter's Studio offers a rare look into the self-made universe of the artist's studio. Inside the Painter's Studio features interviews with Gregory Amenoff, Ross Bleckner, Chuck Close, Will Cotton, Inka Essenhigh, Eric Fischl, Barnaby Furnas, April Gornik, Jane Hammond, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Ryan McGinness, Julie Mehretu, Malcolm Morley, Steve Mumford, Philip Pearlstein, Matthew Ritchie, Alexis Rockman, Dana Schutz, James Siena, Amy Sillman, Joan Snyder, Billy Sullivan, and Fred Tomaselli.

Joe Fig is an artist born and raised in Long Island, New York. Fig's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

For further information, PLEASE CONTACT KATHARINE MYERS, T.212.995.9620 ext. 216 or

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Education and the 21st Century

Tuesday 8 September 2009 9 responses

check out the latest in technology:

# emerging Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 list, compiled from the Top 10 Tools contributions of learning professionals worldwide.
You can compare the rankings of the tools with the last two years.
Twitter is number 1...
Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009

# Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
VoiceThread has been recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as one of The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, a list of 'tools and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning.'

# Microsoft Launches Tools For Teachers

# Mix graphics, photos, videos, music and text into slick Glogs.

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Tuesday 1 September 2009 2 responses

Lucia Milano


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