Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 10:23 AM EDT May 8, 2019 A 17-foot bronze sculpture arrived in downtown Detroit last year that got people talking. And taking selfies with it. And wondering what exactly it means. This week, the conversation sparked by "Waiting," a statue by internationally acclaimed artist Kaws, will get some fresh context, thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. "Kaws: Alone Again," which opens Friday and runs through Aug. 4, is a solo exhibition of work by Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, who goes by the alias Kaws. The show was organized by MOCAD's executive director Elysia Borowy-Reeder in collaboration with the contemporary art superstar. "Riffing on specific genres of pop art, figuration, deconstruction, collage, and fashion, the exhibition represents an underlying irreverence and affection for our turbulent times, as well as Kaws’ agility as an artist to appropriate and … [Read more...] about MOCAD brings the art of Kaws to Detroit
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After hitting a trick shot that would’ve done Larry Bird proud to beat Dallas at the buzzer, Nikola Jokic pulled on his “Baywatch” boxers in the Pepsi Center locker room and acted as if his heroics were as pure dumb luck as buying a winning lotto ticket with the last dollar in his pocket. “Lucky shot,” said Jokic, after his one-handed, fade-away, no-look leaner from 10 feet hit nothing but net and ignited pandemonium among Denver fans that had forgotten how fun basketball can be. This no-freaking-way miracle gave the Nuggets a 100-99 victory Thursday night in a game they had absolutely no business winning, but did because the Joker can’t help it if he is the most unlikely basketball superstar on the planet. “He really wanted to miss that shot,” joked Denver teammate Will Barton. “But he’s so good he made it. That’s what he does.” If transforming the fortunes of an NBA franchise is the real measure of a … [Read more...] about Kiszla: “Baywatch” boxers and tricks shots at the buzzer. Making the case for Nuggets center Nikola Jokic as MVP.
By Shalini Ramachandran WSJ Zolan Kanno-Youngs WSJ Yoree Koh WSJ Fri., Feb. 15, 2019 Colin Kroll, a college dropout turned startup millionaire, drifted through his company’s holiday party at Gran Morsi, a cozy Italian restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Dressed in a gray sweater and jeans, he chatted up employees and their plus ones. When one of his engineers offered to get Mr. Kroll a drink, he flashed a big smile. “I’ve stopped drinking. I’m trying to be healthier.” He’d started running regularly, too. “Look at you, being such a great CEO,” she said. Co-workers at the party chuckled to themselves about his earnestness as he circulated among the crowd asking, “Are you having a good time?” Mr. Kroll had co-founded two highflying startups—Vine, the six-second video-sharing platform bought by Twitter Inc. in 2012, and, most recently, Intermedia Labs, the company behind the popular … [Read more...] about The Tech Whiz Behind Vine and HQ Trivia Made Millions in His 20s. He Was Dead by 34
Maroon 5’s plan to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday has weathered several controversies. The band’s been criticised for deciding to play after Rihanna and Cardi B turned down the gig over the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. Fans of “Spongebob Squarepants” want Maroon 5 to pay tribute to Stephen Hillenberg, the show’s creator, who died last year. Ahead of Maroon 5’s expected performance at Super Bowl LIII this weekend, it’s been threatened to be derailed by a number of unexpected controversies. Pretty much everyone can agree that Maroon 5 is a classic pick for the Super Bowl’s halftime show: They’re popular, familiar, and bland. They will be performing with rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. But on their way to Sunday’s performance, Maroon 5 has somehow had to weather controversies over Colin Kaepernick, a canceled press conference, and the legacy of “Spongebob Squarepants” creator … [Read more...] about 5 bizarre controversies that threatened to derail Maroon 5’s Super Bowl halftime show
By Julie Steinberg WSJ Natasha Khan WSJ Keach Hagey WSJ Sun., Jan. 13, 2019 Media giant Viacom Inc. is in talks to sell a majority stake in some of its China operations after running into difficulties trying to scale its business in the world’s second-largest economy, according to people familiar with the matter. Viacom, which owns film studio Paramount Pictures, music network MTV and children’s entertainment network Nickelodeon, has operated in China for more than two decades. The New York-based company in the last few months has had discussions about a stake sale with at least one Chinese entity, the people said, adding that a deal may or may not materialize. The talks follow similar divestments by large U.S. corporations including McDonald’s Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. in recent years. Other large multinational companies that have operated in China for years are also considering stake sales or even complete exits from their … [Read more...] about Viacom Weighs Stake Sale in China