Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Vibrant From Any Angle
"Saturated" explores the myriad ways we perceive and use color, from Aristotle's seven-hue spectrum to modern digital prints.

May 29, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal

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'Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment," Monet once lamented, while Georgia O'Keeffe noted, "I found I could say things with colors that I couldn't say in any other way—things that I had no words for." Decades later, Steve Jobs sounded a different note, saying, regarding Apple's candy-colored iMacs, "For most consumers, color is more important than megahertz, gigabytes, and other gibberish associated with buying a typical PC."

Such is the poetry and the power of color. Color pervades our lives, and yet we probably think little about its many facets, which also include theory, history, utility and mystery.

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The Status-Rich Met Gala, Subsidized by You

May 7, 2018  •  Real Clear Investigations

It's been called "the party of the year," "the Oscars of the East Coast," and "the Super Bowl of social fashion events." Held every year on the first Monday in May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute Ball brings out celebrities, fashion designers, models and other glitterati to strut the red carpet at 1000 Fifth Ave. Organizer-in-chief Anna Wintour — Vogue's editor-in-chief — masterminds every detail, especially the guest list. To keep it utterly exclusive, she has trimmed attendance from as many as 800 to 550 or so, turning away scores who can more than afford the $30,000 tickets but who don't generate buzz or jibe with her definition of style.

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Masterpiece: A Final Resting Place, Both Beguiling and Beautiful
Samanid Mausoleum broke architectural ground and survived conquest by Genghis Khan and natural disasters.

May 5, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal

Marauding through Central Asia in the 13th century, Genghis Khan either failed to notice or ignored a small, squat structure in Bukhara, an ancient Silk Road city in what is now Uzbekistan. Even as he destroyed Bukhara, he left standing the little mausoleum built for the grave of Ismail Samani, a member of the Samanid dynasty (819-1005)—a Persian clan that made Bukhara a celebrated center of Islamic culture rivaling in glory the caliphate in Baghdad, from which it was largely independent.

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How Winslow Homer's long-lost camera changed the way scholars view his paintings
Bowdoin Museum exhibition reassesses his creative practice

April 26, 2018  •  The Art Newspaper

Little did the Bowdoin College Museum of Art know that an unsolicited phone call it received in 2014 would lead to an exhibition this summer that may change the way Winslow Homer is viewed in art history.

On the line that day was Neal Paulsen, who lived about five miles from Prouts Neck, Maine—Homer's residence after he returned in 1884 from a two-year stay in Cullercoats, England. Paulsen, who said he had a camera once owned by Homer, met with skepticism.

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Grant Wood: More Than 'American Gothic'
He is far more complicated than his reputation as the sentimental bard of an idealized rural life.

March 1, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal

Not far into " Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables" at the Whitney Museum of American Art, visitors meet the probable cause of their visit: the stern pair of Iowa farmers who inhabit Wood's iconic painting. "American Gothic" (1930) is so renowned that when it arrived in London last year for an exhibition, the Guardian called it "a huge moment" because, save for its appearance in the same show in Paris three months before, this arguably "most famous of all American paintings" had never before "left North American soil."

The writer, like many others before and since, then described the duo as a man and his wife—not, as Wood said, a farmer and his daughter (later acknowledged in a footnote to the article).

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