Judith H. Dobrzynski
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'Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini' Review: A Renaissance Reunion
The Frick Madison brings together—for the first time in some 400 years—two Italian masterpieces that once hung in the palazzo of a prominent Venetian.

December 28, 2023  •  The Wall Street Journal

New York

When the Frick Collection moved temporarily into the Brutalist Breuer building on Madison Avenue in 2021—while its Beaux-Arts Fifth Avenue mansion closed for expansion and renovation—many comments centered on the placement of its most celebrated possession, Giovanni Bellini's masterpiece "St. Francis in the Desert" (c. 1475-80). Hung in a small gallery by itself, lower and closer to viewers, minus the distracting trappings of its opulent permanent home, and with light streaming in through a trapezoidal window from the same direction as that in the painting, the picture seemed to be perfectly displayed in splendid isolation.

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'Connecticut Modern: Art, Design, and the Avant-Garde, 1930-1960' Review: A Creative Corridor
Bruce Museum show highlights the painters, sculptors, architects and designers—including Alexander Calder and Marcel Breuer—for whom the state proved a fertile artistic ground.

November 30, 2023  •  The Wall Street Journal

Greenwich, Conn.

For a curator in search of a compelling exhibition, there's little better than a fresh, revealing storyline, a cast of artists both well-known and not, and art to substantiate the narrative. That's exactly what the Bruce Museum has in "Connecticut Modern: Art, Design, and the Avant-Garde, 1930-1960."

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'Making Her Mark' and 'Remix: The Collection' Review: Centuries of Creative Women
A sweeping show at the Baltimore Museum of Art and an exhibition at Washington's newly renovated National Museum of Women in the Arts attempt to correct gender imbalances in the art-historical canon.

November 6, 2023  •  The Wall Street Journal

Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Nearly 50 years have passed since "Women Artists, 1550-1950" opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was a sweeping attempt to insert female artists into the art-historical canon. But little changed, and recently a new generation has organized a spate of exhibitions devoted to redressing past disregard.

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'Strong Women in Renaissance Italy' Review: Spotlight on Signoras
An intriguing if limited show in Boston focuses on the era's female artists and its depictions of historical women, which shifted during this artistic golden age.

September 14, 2023  •  The Wall Street Journal

Boston

What is Cleopatra, born in 69 B.C., doing in an exhibition titled "Strong Women in Renaissance Italy"? And why do the Queen of Sheba (10th century B.C.), Judith (sixth century B.C.), Salome and Mary Magdalene (both A.D. first century) also figure prominently?

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Baroque sensation Elisabetta Sirani finally has her first solo show outside Italy
The 17th-century Bologna-based painter is the subject of a concentrated presentation at Robert Simon Gallery in New York

September 1, 2023  •  The Art Newspaper

In her day, Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665) was a phenomenon. A fast, fluid and expressive artist whose oeuvre spanned several genres, Sirani was so renowned that townspeople and travelers to Bologna visited her studio to watch her work. She has been featured recently in By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500–1800 at museums in Detroit and Hartford, Connecticut, and will figure in Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800, opening 1 October at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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