Judith H. Dobrzynski
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A Father-Son Endeavor
From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story

January 13, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

Baltimore

Even before J.P. Morgan, Henry Clay Frick and the other U.S. industrialists whose names are today synonymous with museums began amassing art, there was William T. Walters. Beginning in the 1850s, this whiskey merchant and railroad magnate started a collection that became the Walters Art Museum here, whose 35,000 objects span ancient Egypt to the early 20th century. Yet his story and that of his son, Henry, who followed his father's lead and then bequeathed their trove to the city, is far less known.

"From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story," which opened this fall to celebrate the museum's 80th anniversary as a public institution, is a welcome and fascinating, if slightly flawed, corrective.

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The Madonna's Many Faces
'Picturing Mary' takes a look at the most common female subject in Western art history.

January 8, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

Washington

If visitors to "Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea" were to see only one work—Sandro Botticelli's poetic "Madonna of the Book"—a stop at the National Museum of Women in the Arts for this special exhibition would be well worth the trip.

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Mass MoCA: Vast Space and New Art to Fill It
The Museum Partners With Major Contemporary Artists

November 17, 2014  •  The New York Times

Taking another leap in its evolution from a disused 19th-century factory complex into a 21st-century center for visual and performing arts, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is set to announce on Monday that it has forged six new 15- to 25-year partnerships with big names in contemporary art, including James Turrell; the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; the Easton Foundation, which controls the estate of the sculptor Louise Bourgeois; Laurie Anderson; and Jenny Holzer.

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New Reverence For Often Overlooked Art
A global journey ends in an exhibition that takes folk art seriously.

November 6, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles

Three clay jaguars, modeled by hand, then fired and painted, stand—eyeing visitors—at the entrance to "Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art" at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Made in 2011 by Juana Gómez Ramírez, of Mexico, they convey the power, the pride and the beauty of Latin America's largest cat, which roams alone over wide swaths of terrain and is known as a fierce predator.

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Masterpiece: Folding Culture and Politics Into Art
A one-of-a-kind Mexican screen draws on Asian, European and American influences and was used to gain favor with the Habsburgs

November 1, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

Envision, if you will, the recently refurbished baroque vice-regal palace in Mexico City about the turn of the 18th century. In 1692, parts of the residence had been destroyed during grain-shortage riots. Four years later, the newly arrived 32nd viceroy of New Spain, José Sarmiento de Valladares y Aines, Count of Moctezuma y Tula, set out to restore the palace's glory and display his wealth and worldly taste at the same time.

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