Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Dallas Museum of Art says thank you to a life-long patron
Institution recognises the "transformational" gift of its late trustee Margaret McDermott with a special exhibition and new wall labels

July 12, 2018  •  The Art Newspaper

To honour the most generous single benefactor in its history—its trustee Margaret McDermott—the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has created a special exhibition of 32 works of art that were hanging in her home at her death on 3 May, aged 106. McDermott wanted this final gift, which includes stellar pieces by Monet, Braque, Degas and Munch, to be shown immediately, and An Enduring Legacy: The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art opened on 14 June (until 17 February 2019).

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A Visual Heritage Tour in San Antonio
'Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting From the Museums of Madrid'

July 5, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal

San Antonio

To celebrate San Antonio's founding 300 years ago as a northern administrative outpost of New Spain, the San Antonio Museum of Art set out to display the grandeur of that heritage to a city whose art museums lack a collection of historical Spanish art. Katherine Luber, the museum's director, and William Rudolph, its chief curator, traveled to Spain (five times), seeking to borrow art dating from the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella to the dawn of modernism.

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Indigenous art comes first in Art Gallery of Ontario's new Canadian galleries
More space for First Nations and Inuit artists; labels now written in indigenous languages

June 29, 2018  •  The Art Newspaper

Canada Day, 1 July, ushers in a new era for the presentation of Modern and contemporary Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto. The 13,000 sq. ft. J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art—which added the "Indigenous" to its name just last year when the museum established a Department of Canadian and Indigenous Art—is due to open reimagined galleries that give primacy to First Nations and Inuit art for the first time.

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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

New York

'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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