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'Hedda Sterne: Printed Variations' Review: Elevating the Everyday
Though grouped with the Abstract Expressionists, she cut a different path.

August 20, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal

Fort Worth, Texas

On first impression, visitors to " Hedda Sterne : Printed Variations" might be tempted to think of Cézanne's fixation on the apple: The Sterne lithographs that occupy a long wall here at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art were inspired by a head of crinkly lettuce.

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'Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age': Dazzling Art With a City Connection
The Art Institute of Chicago brings together Sargent paintings linked to the city via ownership, subject or exhibition history

August 13, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal


During his 69 years, John Singer Sargent visited Chicago just twice: in 1876, when at age 20 he came with his family, and then in 1916 when he stopped briefly on his way to a painting expedition in the Rocky Mountains.

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Review: Understanding A Complex Aesthetic
An exhibition explores the paradoxes of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood by presenting its works alongside older masterpieces.

July 30, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal

San Francisco

In 1848, more than a dozen years before artists in Paris rebelled against the French Academy to create Impressionism, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais —aged 21, 20 and 19—launched a very different artistic revolt in London. Deriding the formulaic teachings of the Royal Academy and calling Sir Joshua Reynolds, its revered first president, "Sir Sloshua" to mock his free, brushy, grand style of painting, the trio, plus four lesser lights, started a secret society to advance a new aesthetic.

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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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