Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Mass MoCA Dreams Big: And Wakes Up Almost Middle-Aged

With the stroke of Gov. Deval Patrick’s pen a few weeks ago, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art got the go-ahead to realize the nearly 30-year-old dream of transforming a 19th century, 26-building, 16-acre factory complex into a destination arts center that would also help revive the economy of North Adams, Mass.

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Name The Best Four Hudson River School Paintings — To Go On Stamps

On Monday, the Nelson-Atkins Museum announced that its wonderful Grand Canyon painting by Thomas Moran, from 1912, would grace a Forever stamp as part of an homage to the Hudson River School of artists — it’s one of four tributes.

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About That Stolen Guercino

This is just plain bad: Last week, a painting titled Madonna with the Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory Thaumaturgus (1639) was stolen from a church in Modena, Italy. Not only was the church alarm system in active, but also the Baroque masterpiece wasn’t insured.

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Museum-Goers Say The Darndest Things

Remember the old Art Linkletter “House Party” TV show feature, “Kids Say the Darndest Things”? Linkletter would interview kids and they would provide answers that boggled the mind, either because they were funny or poignant.

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Watching Art Be Made

Many people love going behind the scenes — and many art museums now offer some sort of occasion or event to do so. Next week, if you’re in Washington, the Freer-Sackler will let us all in on the installation of Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, who is representing her country at the Venice Biennale next year.

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Take Control of The Tate, With A Robot, After Dark

If an interactive experience with art is all the rage these days — and to some people it is — the latest project (I don’t know what else to call it) at the Tate in London is both in vogue and new. I think — at least I’ve not heard of anything like this.

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“No Time To Think” — Are Museums Part of the Problem Or Antidotes?

Has the worm turned? Are people weary of multi-tasking, interactivity, overcommitment, overextension and too tied to mobile devices?

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Ask The Curator: The Secret Life Of Cezanne’s Apples

So far, The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne, a “ground-breaking” special exhibition at the Barnes Foundation, has been getting good reviews. The Wall Street Journal’s review called it “small but select” and concluded: Continue Reading

“I did my best work there.”

“There” is East Hampton, Long Island, and the speaker is Robert Motherwell. The period he’s talking about is on view in an exhibition that opened on Saturday at the Guild Hall in East Hampton: Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944-1952. Continue Reading

The Future Of Art Book Publishing Is Here

Wow! Last week I had a look at the first digital-only publication of the Museum of Modern Art,* and I can really see — even after only a short time of experimentation — how much digital technology can do for art books.

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