Judith H. Dobrzynski
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MacKenzie Art Gallery given 1,000 works by contemporary indigenous artists from Canada and the US
Collectors Thomas Druyan, Alice Ladner drawn by its dedication to indigenous and aboriginal art globally

January 16, 2019  •  The Art Newspaper

When the Canadian collectors Thomas Druyan and Alice Ladner, then living in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, were deciding where to donate around 1,000 works of contemporary indigenous art, they did not consider distance. They chose the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, more than 1,300 miles from Yellowknife and 500 miles from their new home in Edmonton. Why? "There are closer museums, but the MacKenzie has been committed to indigenous art since the 1970s and, especially, has had an indigenous art curator from the '70s," says Druyan, a lawyer for the Alberta government. He and Ladner, a retired editor, were attracted by the museum's strong history of collecting indigenous and aboriginal art not only from the Americas, but also Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia.

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'Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey': Tracing a Painter's Soul
An exhibition illuminates Gauguin's restlessness, both creative and religious.

January 7, 2019  •  The Wall Street Journal

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) always seemed to be striving. He aimed to be a different kind of artist, connected to past masters but determined to strike out on his own. Lacking formal training, he tried out several artistic approaches and experimented with many materials before devising the bold, colorful painting style that secured his place in art history. He famously left his family behind in Europe, struggling financially, while he went off to Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands in pursuit of new cultures, new imagery and new freedoms.

This restless artist also had a restless soul. Educated in a private Catholic school, he constantly sought an understanding of faith, belief and the divine.

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Why a six-ton scholar's rock is making its way from China to Texas
A low-key request from the San Antonio Museum of Art director resulted in a big gift from Wuxi, near Lake Taihu

December 28, 2018  •  The Art Newspaper

A massive, six-ton Chinese scholar's rock from Lake Taihu—known for its gnarly, naturally eroded limestone formations that are prized for their unique beauty—will soon be installed at the San Antonio Museum of Art at the edge of the city's popular River Walk. The story of how the gift from Wuxi, China came to Texas can be summarised by the biblical saying: "Ask and you shall receive".

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'Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de' Medici's Valois Tapestries' Review
Sparkling, Woven Vistas of Pageantry

December 5, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal


In their subtly lighted temporary home at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the six enormous weavings at the core of "Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de' Medici's Valois Tapestries" are feasts for the eyes. But just imagine seeing these sumptuous tapestries, which commemorate her lengthy, elaborate court festivals known as "magnificences" and other moments of political pageantry, when they were made, in the 16th century. Think of how brilliantly their brightly colored wool and silk threads—and especially the threads wrapped in gold and silver—would have sparkled and shimmered in candlelit chambers. Catherine, it would soon be clear, was making a statement, using the art form of kings to do so.

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Houston museum reattributes painting to Velázquez
After conservation effort, Museum of Fine Arts decides its hunch was correct

November 7, 2018  •  The Art Newspaper

Until a few years ago, Kitchen Maid (around 1620)—labelled "in the style of Diego Velázquez"—hung behind a door at Rienzi, the European decorative arts house museum at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. But when it goes back on view in mid-November at the main museum, the label will read "attributed to Velázquez".

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