Judith H. Dobrzynski
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'The Lure of Dresden': How Bellotto Made a City Come Alive
In Fort Worth, loans from the Dresden State Art Collections offer an exhibition of brilliant detail.

March 4, 2019  •  The Wall Street Journal

Fort Worth, Texas

Thank heaven for museum renovations. Every so often, they prompt major museums to lend their best treasures instead of stashing them in storage during the work—giving many people in faraway places access to art that they would otherwise never see. So it is right now with the renowned Dresden State Art Collections, which shipped several signature paintings to the Kimbell Art Museum here for "The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony."

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Met receives donation of ten 'exceptional' colonial Latin American works out of the blue
São Paulo collector James Kung Wei Li says the donation is his family's repayment for American educational largesse

February 21, 2019  •  The Art Newspaper

It was either a dream come true or a prank: a man living in São Paulo with no previous relationship with Metropolitan Museum of Art cold-called the New York institution one day in 2017 and said he wanted to donate some of his paintings. And not just any paintings, but Spanish colonial works, a category that the Met publicly said it wanted to build up.

It was not a prank, and in early March, the museum will unveil the gift from James Kung Wei Li—ten 17th and 18th century works from Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, in a gallery in the American Wing called Art of the Colonial Andes.

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'Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving' Review: Searching for the Art
Brooklyn Museum's exhibit of some 325 objects—from photographs to clothing to orthopedic corsets to lipsticks and eyebrow pencils—is more a biographical than artistic journey.

February 11, 2019  •  The Wall Street Journal

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Fridalandia! The vast exhibition that just opened at the Brooklyn Museum is officially titled "Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving," but a more apt moniker might have paralleled what she called the U.S.: Gringolandia. This display of more than 325 objects, from photographs to clothing to orthopedic corsets to lipsticks and eyebrow pencils, takes visitors on a trip through Kahlo's world, from her comfortable childhood to her tormented medical history to her troubled marriage with renowned painter Diego Rivera to her complicated identity. It is all things Frida. It's a three-dimensional scrapbook. It even includes the prosthetic leg, in a boot, that she wore after her leg was amputated.

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Masterpiece: A True Island Sanctuary
Behind the unassuming facade of Ethiopia's Narga Selassie church, located in the middle of Lake Tana, lies a trove of stunning religious paintings.

February 9, 2019  •  The Wall Street Journal

Entering the Narga Selassie church in northwest Ethiopia is a bit jarring. The circular stone church, built in the mid-1700s, resembles the spare, thatched-roof homes many Ethiopians inhabit even today. It sits on grass worn by pilgrims' feet on an island in Lake Tana, the country's largest lake. It looks neglected.

Inside, however, visitors find themselves in a different world: Narga Selassie's walls are covered with religious paintings illustrating Old and New Testament stories and a few saintly narratives. They are colorful, decorative, inventive, often idealized images with a folk-art quality. Although time has damaged some, and others have been repainted, they are astonishing.

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'Monet's Waterloo Bridge" Series: Review
Paintings That Span London's Many Moods

January 29, 2019  •  The Wall Street Journal

Worcester, Mass.

Eyeing a bridge, some people see utility, a way over a barrier. Others see industry, activity, modernity. Still others see a vantage point, with lofty, wide views. And some see beauty, in form and structure.

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