Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Can the City's Boom Mean New Audiences for the Seattle Symphony?

October 2017  •  The Wallace Foundation

For years now, downtown Seattle has thrummed with the sound of earth movers and cranes, as corporations like Amazon, Microsoft and Google moved into the area and even more new residential buildings went up. The noise could be unbearable. But to the Seattle Symphony (SSO), the rumble—and the influx of people it brought into the neighborhoods surrounding Benaroya Hall—sounded like opportunity knocking.

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"Her Paris: Women in the Age of Impressionism" Recognizes Talent 150 Years On
Women were deeply involved in the heyday of 19th-century French art—even though they were excluded from many opportunities

November 8, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

Denver

In cultural histories of late 19th-century Paris, artists from Van Gogh to Munch to Whistler converge on its academies, salons, galleries and cafes, joining with their French confreres to make it the undisputed art capital of the world. But as "Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism" illustrates, many women—though largely unaccounted for—were also part of that extraordinary mix.

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Masterpiece: A Folk-Art Painting With Fine-Art Qualities
John James Trumbull Arnold's 'Portrait of Mary Mattingly' reveals the station of its young sitter's family though the work's details.

November 4, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

In an 1841 watercolor-and-ink drawing, John James Trumbull Arnold, an itinerant artist who roamed Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania in pursuit of commissions, portrayed himself with a quill in his long, slender fingers and declared himself a "Professor of Penmanship." Below, almost overshadowed, he added "Portrait and Miniature Painter."

Visitors to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, Va., can see the flourish of his cursive script on the back of a canvas: "Portrait of / Mary Mattingly / Drawn by John Arnold / On the 26th of October / 1850," he wrote. But it is, of course, the front that places Arnold (1812-c. 1865) in our esteem today.

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'Morgan: Mind of the Collector': A Mogul's Voracious Appetite for Art
Sampling J.P. Morgan's aesthetic treasures, which numbered more than 20,000 items.

October 9, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

Hartford, Conn.

Legendary financier J. Pierpont Morgan was also a renowned collector. In the 23 years before his death in 1913, a few weeks shy of his 76th birthday, he acquired more than 20,000 items. But what kind of collector was he?

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Art Walk Sexes Up the Upper East Side's Old Masters

October 2, 2017  •  Avenue Magazine

Who says the contemporary art world has all the sexy fun? Chelsea galleries may be known for their crowded, often boisterous Thursday and Friday night openings that spill out into the streets. But it's a bit of a secret that dealers in Old Masters, antiquities and 19th Century art also open their doors at night to the public in party mode—and there's no better example right now than October Art Week.

Coming up on Oct. 26, 19 galleries on the Upper East Side will kick off the festivities with evening receptions that run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. They'll be showing off works by Matisse, Hopper, Feininger, Renoir and many others. And serving up wine, of course, and other refreshments.

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