Judith H. Dobrzynski
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'Munch and Kirchner: Anxiety and Expression' Review: Vivid Visions of Torment at the Yale University Art Gallery
A show pairs two artists who forged bleak but bold styles in the face of troubled times and their struggles with mental illness.

April 30, 2024  •  The Wall Street Journal

New Haven, Conn.

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The Richly Woven History of Textile Art
The Blanton Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art reveal the form's storied past and ties to modernism through the work of Anni Albers, Sonia Delaunay and others.

April 8, 2024  •  The Wall Street Journal

Austin, Texas

Near the beginning of "Anni Albers: In Thread and On Paper" at the Blanton Museum of Art, a 1968 photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson portrays Albers with her husband, Josef, whose "Homage to the Square" paintings earned him renown. While Josef relaxes on a couch, Anni sits behind it, half-hidden—as it always seemed to be in life. Both had been creating art since the 1920s; her textiles merited a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1949 that toured to 26 museums. But when she died in 1994, the second sentence of her New York Times obituary called her his widow. His, in 1976, mentions her near the end, in the context of their 1925 marriage.

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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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