Judith H. Dobrzynski
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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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Washington Plotted Here
And Slept Here, Too (Perhaps Not So Well)

January 30, 2017  •  The New York Times

PHILADELPHIA — Applause and cheers broke out at the soon-to-open Museum of the American Revolution here on Friday when its centerpiece, a fragile, 10-foot-tall elliptical tent, was finally erected. The linen marquee was the office and living quarters for George Washington during much of the Revolutionary War — "the first Oval Office," noted R. Scott Stephenson, the vice president of collections, exhibitions and programming at the museum, which will open on April 19, two blocks from Independence Hall.

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Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, celebrates a rich banquet
'Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Hevrdejs Collection' Review

January 23, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal


A bounty of artworks has landed here at the Museum of Fine Arts: "Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection" is the recently announced gift of a local private-equity maven and his wife. It showcases canvases created between 1817 and 2014 by 60 artists, from James Peale (1749-1831) to Sarah K. Lamb (b. 1971). With pictures of fruits, flowers, game birds, pottery, books, musical scores, shells and one gun, the collection aspires to survey, in a single genre, all of American art history, from colonial realism through 19th-century trompe l'oeil, Impressionism, modernism, abstraction and pop to contemporary realism.

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Fight for the Creative Future: Political upheavals paralleled bursts of artistic progress
'Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950' Review

November 8, 2016  •  The Wall Street Journal


When, in 1910, Mexicans began to revolt against the long, autocratic regime of President Porfirio Díaz, they also ignited a revolution in Mexican art. As rebels fought to create a more equitable, democratic system, artists struggled to forge an identity that embraced both Mexico's culture and international modernism, often supported by government patronage.

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