Putin, Wagner, a Pink Person, and Singing Nuns

April 1, 2015 4:10 PM

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All the important arts news that's fit to print came in the news section of the March 30, 2015 New York Times. Vladimir Putin canceled a radical production of Wagner's Tannhaüser in Novosibirsk ("Russian Theater Director Fired for Offending Christians"), the good people of my native Queens are in an uproar over public art the public doesn't want ("After Outcry Over Pink Sculpture, Bill Would Require Hearings on Public Art"), and an op-ed piece proposes a darker version of The Sound of Music, of all things ("After 50 Years, It's Time for a Better 'Sound of Music'").

Russian Orthodox Christians objected to a new production of Wagner's controversial opera of sex and God -- especially to a poster, which apparently showed a crucifix between a woman's naked legs. Of course, this is the perfect -- and most shocking -- visual image to represent exactly what Tannhaüser...

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