Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Can Maastricht Take Manhattan?
The Most Prestigious Art Fair Arrives On These Shores

September 27, 2016  •  The New York Times

For six days beginning on Oct. 21, visitors to the crenelated, fortresslike Park Avenue Armory will find its 19th-century interior transformed into a light, modern setting. Translucent scrims will obscure the dark-wood lobby and second-floor period rooms, which will open to the public for the first time since their recent restoration. Muted colors will turn the Drill Room into airy galleries.

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Collecting: A Pioneering Eye for Art
A Savannah surgeon focuses on African-American artists who were once ignored

October 2016  •  Traditional Home

Many years ago, when Walter O. Evans served in the Navy, he met a young lady at a party and asked her out on a date. She suggested a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "I'd never been to an art museum before," says Evans, now a retired general surgeon. "So I went to the library and read about the artists we'd see. And I told her about Monet, and how he had gone blind late in life, and Degas, who had lived in New Orleans."

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Artisan: Victoria Findlay Wolfe drives quilts in a new direction

October 2016  •  Traditional Home

As every biker knows, there's a thrill that comes from speeding down a road, wind in your face. Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who rides a Harley, says she feels the same "strange rush" when she designs a quilt.

You can almost see it return when Wolfe bounds around her spacious Manhattan apartment, flipping open her award-winning creations as if they were magic carpets. One after another lands on the floor, every one an exuberant bricolage.

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'O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York' Review
An exhibition, premised on the view that gender limited the careers of these four artists, hopes to raise their profiles.

August 25, 2016  •  The Wall Street Journal

West Palm Beach, Fla., and Portland, Maine

Why devote an exhibition to "women" modernists? For centuries, female artists have fought to be taken seriously as just "artists," without any modifier that could be seen as limiting. "O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York," organized by the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla., and now on view at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, is premised on the view that gender limited the careers of these four—deemed "some of the most significant modernists in American history"—and attempts to provide the exposure that might lift them into the Western art canon.

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"America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s" - Bullish on Creativity
Economic hardship helped spur the search for a national artistic identity.

August 24, 2016  •  The Wall Street Journal

Chicago

The 1930s were unsettling years. During the Great Depression, widespread unemployment fueled discontent, xenophobia, racial tension and disillusionment with the nation's direction. Yet artists grappled with the idea of a national art that would help forge a new American identity. It was to be specific to this country, expressing national values and addressing native themes.

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