Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Celebrating a Forgotten Medium
"Painting on Paper: American Watercolors at Princeton"

July 29, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

In an age that favors large-scale installations and immersive art, when painting itself has been declared dead many times and, when practiced, is often judged to be hackneyed, the humble watercolor rarely figures at all in conversations about art.

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Hunting Beauty on Maine's Art Museum Trail
A journey spanning eight museums, over 400 miles, and some 73,000 works of art.

July 15, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

Around Maine

Think of Maine: lobster, blueberries, jagged coastlines, verdant forests, meandering waterways, beaches, boating, lighthouses. The sun rising over the foaming ocean and setting behind craggy mountains.

Endowed with so much beauty, the Pine Tree State may well have attracted more American artists than any other except New York. Since the 1800s, thousands—from Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer and Marsden Hartley to Andrew Wyeth, Berenice Abbott and Alex Katz—have flocked to its picturesque terrain. There, sometimes in isolation and sometimes in groups, they captured the mystique of Mother Nature and plumbed the depths of human nature.

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Crystal Bridges Museum to Announce Major Purchases

June 4, 2015  •  The New York Times

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will soon announce major purchases that fill gaps in its collection and fulfill its mission to include more women in the canon of American art: Jasper Johns's renowned "Flag" painting from 1983, which the museum bought at Sotheby's in November for $36 million (outlasting three other ardent bidders), and four works by Louise Bourgeois, including her monumental bronze, steel and marble spider sculpture "Maman." The Bourgeois purchases, concluded in December 2014, together are worth an estimated $35 million to $40 million.

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An Enveloping Battle Between Kings
Masterpiece: The Lion Hunt Reliefs

May 9, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

A roaring lion, reared up on his hind legs, an arrow through his brow, faces his opponent: a king who holds him at arm's length with one bare hand and plunges a short sword through his stomach with the other. This king, muscles visible in his forearm, embodies might, the victor even in a one-on-one battle with a ferocious king of beasts.

On its own, this powerful scene would stop many museum-goers in their tracks. Yet it is just one image in a roomful of them, artfully carved into alabaster panels that are collectively known as the lion hunt reliefs. Housed since 1856 at the British Museum, they date to seventh-century B.C. Assyria and rank among the finest relics of ancient civilization.

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Met Founds Research Institute Centered on Lauder's Cubist Gift

March 19, 2015  •  The New York Times

When the cosmetics magnate Leonard A. Lauder was trying to decide which museum should inherit his $1 billion collection of Cubist art, he asked those he was considering how they would keep the collection alive as a focus of intellectual inquiry and public interest. "We wanted to avoid the usual 'donation, installation, catalog and then what?' " said Emily Braun, Mr. Lauder's longtime curator.

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