Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Masterpiece: Magisterial and Filled With Drama
Ribera, unafraid of color and traditional iconography, established a Neapolitan style, as can be seen in his 'St. Jerome.'

January 4, 2020  •  The Wall Street Journal

Naples in the early 1600s was a bustling metropolis, governed by Spain and second in population in Europe only to Paris. Yet unlike other Italian localities, it lacked a strong visual art style of its own or even a trailblazing painter. Caravaggio had twice spent time there, attracting followers to his dramatic chiaroscuro lighting technique, but Neapolitan art remained largely unremarkable.

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MoMA gears up for its next big collection rehang
After grand expansion, New York museum is already planning to swap out more than 700 works next spring

October 31, 2019  •  The Art Newspaper

Florine Stettheimer will make way for Alfred Stieglitz. Harry Calla­han will yield to Gordon Parks Jr. And Mrinalini Mukherjee will move out for Moustapha Dimé.

Even as the expanded Museum of Modern Art in New York showed off its rearranged permanent collection this month—presenting a more global and inclusive story of Modernism—curators were deep into deciding what would go on view next spring. MoMA has promised to rotate about a third of the works on all three collection floors every six months, in contrast with the traditional museum practice of leaving collection displays largely untouched for years.

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'James Tissot: Fashion & Faith': More Than Pretty People?
Tissot, often dismissed as a society painter, is reappraised at San Francisco's Legion of Honor.

October 28, 2019  •  The Wall Street Journal

San Francisco

Ruffles and flourishes: James Tissot (1836-1902) was a master of them. In his meticulous, highly detailed paintings, ladies and gentlemen of the late 19th century sip tea, stroll, dance, eat and pose, almost always dressed to the nines. Tissot amplified the glamor of their clothing and the luxuriance of their surroundings to make such pretty pictures. They were popular in London and Paris in his lifetime and prized by American collectors well into the latter half of the 20th century.

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Off the wall: MoMA opens spaces for visitors to get up close and personal with Modernism
Museum unveils experimental Studio for live art and invites public participation in the Creativity Lab

October 23, 2019  •  The Art Newspaper

One, as Museum of Modern Art director Glenn Lowry has said, is "a building within the building" designated solely for live and experimental art; the other, a glass-walled "Creativity Lab" that is highly visible from the lobby, invites visitors to join conversations about art, interact with artists and try a little art-making themselves.

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Masterpiece: Plucked From Life
Bernardo Strozzi's 'The Cook' is revolutionary in its humble subject matter and very human protagonist.

October 12, 2019  •  The Wall Street Journal

What could be more Italian than a cook? Food in Italy is, after all, a source of national pride, nearly as celebrated as its broad, deep, virtuosic artistic achievements. Yet when Bernardo Strozzi (c. 1581-1644) combined the two in his painting "The Cook" (c. 1625), he ignited a conflagration.

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