An Olympics For Art

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 6 2012 @ 8:36pm


by Matthew Sitman

Joseph Stromberg details the forgotten history of Olympic medals awarded for the fine arts:

For the first four decades of competition, the Olympics awarded official medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music, alongside those for the athletic competitions. From 1912 to 1952, juries awarded a total of 151 medals to original works in the fine arts inspired by athletic endeavors. Now, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the first artistic competition, even Olympics fanatics are unaware that arts, along with athletics, were a part of the modern Games nearly from the start.

On a related note, Wallace Yovetich likens reading to an Olympic sport:

With the myriad of sites that are the reading equivalent to ESPN (including this one), and others that give stats (such as GoodReads), reading is certainly a sport for some of us. How fast, how much, who are you reading? Do certain genres gain you extra points? Does finishing the next sure bestseller a few months shy of being part of the cultural cusp deduct from your score? And, like any great sport, does not practicing for any length of time weaken your game?

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