Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Icons: Albrecht Durer Was an Arist on the Move
A New Exhibition Explores the Artistic and Personal Impact of Travel on the Renaissance Master

July 10, 2021  •  The Wall Street Journal

Oh the places he went! Albrecht Dürer was perhaps the most accomplished artist of the Northern Renaissance, the creator of stunning paintings like "Self-Portrait" and exquisite prints like "Melancholia I." He was also, as a new exhibition reveals, an inveterate traveler whose journeys influenced his ambitions, his art and his impact. "Dürer Was Here: A Journey Becomes Legend," opening July 18 at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen, Germany, commemorates his visit there in October 1520. A smaller version of the show will be on view at London's National Gallery in November.

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'Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway' Review: Green Territory
More than nine decades after his death, the painter and printmaker makes his North American debut at the Clark Art Institute, where his luscious landscapes beguile.

June 28, 2021  •  The Wall Street Journal

Williamstown, Mass.

Hmmm: an artist almost no one in the U.S. has heard of, not even art scholars. Born in the 19th century. Norwegian. Male. At first glance, these are not exactly the ingredients for an alluring special exhibition nowadays, especially for a public emerging from a long pandemic and yearning for some excitement.

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Masterpiece: The Dignity of Work in "The Flower Carrier"
Diego Rivera's 1935 easel painting beautifully renders the daily strain and the contributions of Mexico's indigenous laborers

June 5, 2021  •  The Wall Street Journal

The new San Francisco Museum of Art had recently opened on the fourth floor of the city's War Memorial Veterans Building with a tiny collection when, in March 1935, a founding trustee named Albert M. Bender wrote to his friend, the artist Diego Rivera, in Mexico City. Bender had donated 23 Rivera works on paper as part of his foundational gift and now, he said, the accession committee "would like one of your pictures." He asked Rivera to send him "a representation of your work at its finest and best" that Bender would then donate.

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Rediscovering Roman Revelry: Review of 'Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave'
Channeling the spirit of Bacchus in an exhibit of food- and drink-related art and objects ranging from the mundane to the "naughty."

May 27, 2021  •  The Wall Street Journal

San Francisco

Pompeii beckons. Frozen in time when it was engulfed in volcanic ash and debris from Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, then rediscovered in 1748, this ancient Roman town has fascinated the public ever since. Before the pandemic intervened, tourists were limited to 15,000 at a time, lest the site be overrun; now reopened, it is selling timed tickets and keeping attendance even lower.

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Masterpiece: More Than Fun and Games
Clarence H. White's 'The Ring Toss' was composed with all the intention of a painting or a sculpture.

May 1, 2021  •  The Wall Street Journal

When Clarence H. White staged and shot "The Ring Toss" in 1899, he was on a mission. Eleven years earlier, George Eastman had introduced his Kodak camera for the masses, and many people were seduced by its slogan, "You Press the Button, We Do the Rest." They avidly captured everyday scenes, sent the camera off to Kodak for processing, and enjoyed the snapshots that came back.

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