Judith H. Dobrzynski
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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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Artificial Intelligence As a Bridge Between Art and Reality

October 30, 2016  •  The New York Times

How to get people interested in art? How to engage millennials? How to expose permanent-collection works that sit in storage? These are questions art museums constantly ponder.

Recently, Tate Britain asked another one: How can artificial intelligence help?

It put the question to anyone who wanted to compete for the 2016 IK Prize, which promotes the use of digital technology in the exploration of art at Tate Britain or on the Tate website.

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A Most Sacred, Joyful Reunion
'Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena'

October 27, 2016  •  The Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles

It is a tragedy of art history: Over the centuries, many of the elaborate, richly painted altarpieces that are pinnacles of Renaissance art were dismantled and dispersed, piecemeal, into public and private collections around the world. Some sections disappeared altogether. Records, if they existed, were lost.

So it is a joyful occasion when museums put back together even some pieces of these glorious artworks, as the J. Paul Getty Museum has done in "Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena." The exhibition reunites five sections of the Branchini Altarpiece, a masterly work by Giovanni (c. 1399-1482), one of the most idiosyncratic and inventive artists of his time and place.

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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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