Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Review: A Panorama of Panoramas
'Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe'

May 17, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles

Compared with the earlier glories of Renaissance and Baroque art, and later the high points of the 19th century and Modernism, 18th-century European art generally ranks low among art connoisseurs. The one category that is much loved by the public—those highly detailed, recognizable cityscapes and architectural vistas by Canaletto , Giovanni Paolo Panini and other, mostly Italian, artists—was disdained by the academy. They were dismissed as the postcards of their day, souvenirs for travelers on the Grand Tour.

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Artfully Buttoned Up
Artist Ran Hwang Finds Meaning in Discarded Buttons, Which She Fashions into Mesmerizing Artworks

April 2017  •  Traditional Home

In the hands of Ran Hwang, buttons and straight pins turn into works of art. She painstakingly pounds tens of thousands—even a million—of them into panels to create plum blossoms, phoenixes, the Buddha, Korean rooftops, and other exquisite wall compositions and multimedia installations that are coveted by collectors like Roger Federer, the Brooklyn Museum, and Robert J. Hurst, chairman of the Whitney Museum's executive committee.

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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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