Federal arts grant money is going mostly through the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
The Kansas City Symphony gave a solid performance for Friday nights concert in Helzberg Hall, led by guest conductor Gilbert Varga and joined by pianist André Watts. Varga directed the orchestra with full-bodied expressiveness and sympathetic gestures.
The 2014 Whitney Biennial the last biennial before the the Whitney Museum of American Art leaves its iconic Marcel Breuer structure on Madison Avenue for a new building downtown is overwrought and overthought, heavy on conceptual pretensions and light on passion and elan.
The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, is an exhibit filled with revelations, and not just for choice objects that havent been seen here since they left for Europe centuries ago. The exhibit opens Monday at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. It will run from Sept. 20 to Jan. 11, 2015, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87.
Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."