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Drinking In the Art: Museums Offer a Growing Banquet for the Senses

March 16, 2017  •  The New York Times

As visitors strolled through a recent display of Madame de Pompadour's coffee grinder, an 1840s Sèvres porcelain coffee set, tea canisters, sugar bowls and other European decorative arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the scent of roasted coffee beans arose in one room. Bach's "Coffee" Cantata played in the background.

Not far away, cocoa pods were not only on display but also meant to be touched. In the final gallery, a tasting station offered two kinds of liquid chocolate, one adapted from an Aztec recipe and the other from an 18th-century French formula.

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Notable Museum Exhibitions This Spring and Summer

March 15, 2017  •  The New York Times

Here's a sampling of notable exhibitions on view around the country in the coming months.

New England

BOSTON "Matisse in the Studio." An exploration of this path-blazing artist's creativity unites 36 paintings and 50 other artworks with the textiles, pitchers, masks and other objects he displayed as inspiration. April 9 through July 9. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue; 617-267-9300, mfa.org.

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'Matisse/Diebenkorn' Review: Masters Across the Decades
An exhibition reveals how Richard Diebenkorn paid homage to and drew inspiration from the French pioneer

March 13, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

San Francisco

Rarely—if ever—in the history of modern art has a renowned artist been as deeply and openly inspired by another artist as Richard Diebenkorn was by Henri Matisse. He first encountered a Matisse painting in 1943, as an art student at Stanford. Ever after, Matisse's works—which Diebenkorn sought out on his travels and studied in his vast collection of publications about him—percolated in his mind. Again and again, Diebenkorn (1922-1993) would create drawings and paintings whose structure, palette, light, fluidity and sense of place profoundly embraced Matisse.

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Beauty on Earth as It Is in Heaven: 'Botticelli and the Search for the Divine' Review
The first-ever international loan exhibition of Botticelli's works in the U.S.

February 16, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

Williamsburg, Va.

Sandro Botticelli's magical, lyrical "Primavera" (c. 1478) and elegant "Birth of Venus" (c. 1484) have made him one of the world's most beloved Renaissance artists. Millions of visitors crowd into the Uffizi Gallery in Florence every year to see them and his other paintings. Various European museums can boast of their Botticelli holdings, too, though none so great as those in Italy. In the U.S., only a small number of museums own a few works by him.

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A Modern Master and His Progeny
How Henri Matisse inspired generations of American artists—from Arthur Dove to John Baldessari

February 7, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

In 1908—the same year that a Paris correspondent for the New York Times called his works "too ridiculous even to laugh at"—Henri Matisse had his first solo exhibition in the U.S.: Alfred Stieglitz exhibited one of his paintings, "Nude in a Wood" (1906), and several drawings at his avant-garde gallery 291.

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