Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture

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Tom Krens: At It Again?

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Tom Krens, the museum consultant formerly known as the director of the Guggenheim Foundation and booster of multi-branch museums, has always lived by the philosophy of “Go Big or Go Home.”

WSJ Masterpiece: The Taj Mahal, As I Saw It

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Even if you have never been to the Taj Mahal, you have a picture of it in your mind, right? It’s a full frontal view, and it’s unquestionably beautiful.

The Broad Museum Answers Back

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Several days ago, I asked here if any other art museums in the U.S. were spending as much money buying art as the Crystal Bridges Museum. I had added up the announced purchases over the past year or… More ›

The Shocking Cooper Hewitt, Part Two

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Aside from the maltreatment of its beautiful historic building, which I wrote about here nearly three weeks ago, something else is deeply wrong with the new incarnation of the Cooper Hewitt National… More ›

A Giant Step Forward At The Met

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When I visited The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky at the Metropolitan Museum on Saturday afternoon, I was prepared to be delighted–and I was, in more ways than one.

MFA’s Gets A Load of Rothschild Loot

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Literally. Bettina Burr (known as Nina, pictured left)–the daughter of Baroness Bettina Looram de Rothschild, who reclaimed about 250 pieces of Nazi-looted art from Austria after it passed a new… More ›

I’m Away…

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I’m taking a winter vacation this year and therefore am unlikely to be posting until my return during the first week in February.

NEA Reveals The Real Targets For Art Museums

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The National Endowment for the Arts released three reports today on arts participation, barriers to it, the impact of the arts and culture industries on the economy–all information from 2012…. More ›

More on That Indy Admission Fee

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The reaction in Indianapolis to the museum’s decision to go from free general admission to an $18 general admission has been very instructive. I’ve been watching local comments,… More ›

Restoration Scandal At Chartres Cathedral

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Who was it that said one look at Chartres Cathedral turned him into an art historian? Or art-lover for life? Henry Adams? Bernard Berenson? I can’t remember, but it was probably more than one… More ›

Roman Hoard: Found In France, Conserved Here

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Imagine being a French farmer, plowing your field near a village named Berthouville in rural Normandy; it’s 1830. And you hit something, stop and discover the first items in a trove that grew to… More ›

Detroit: Someone There Is Listening

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Financial salvation for the Detroit Institute of Arts, and perhaps even the Grand Bargain in Detroit, which was part of the emergence from bankruptcy deal approved by the court on Friday, was almost… More ›

It’s A Masterpiece!

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Yes, I wrote another Masterpiece column for The Wall Street Journal, which published in last Saturday’s paper, headlined Folding Culture and Politics Into Art. Can you guess what it is?… More ›

Museums “Adapt To the Digital Age” But…

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All in all, I thought the lead article in last Sunday’s NYTimes special section on the visual arts–Museums Morph Digitally–was good (it was written by my friend, Steve Lohr), though… More ›

Once More Into the Storerooms >> Discoveries!

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Now it’s the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh’s turn to find fantastic art works in its storerooms, as many other museums have done. Among the newly discovered pieces: a hand-painted… More ›

Five Questions For Leonard Lauder

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So this week the art world and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s* members are getting a first look at the Leonard Lauder Cubist collection–assembled over the past 40 years. The masterpieces… More ›

Anselm Kiefer Talks About Beauty In Art

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I’d wager that most people don’t think of “beauty” when they think of the art of Anselm Kiefer. So when Janne Siren, the director of the Alrbight-Knox Art Gallery, and I met… More ›

Clyfford Still Museum Revisited

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Life is constricted, to some extent, for all single-artist museums–and more than most at the Clyfford Still Museum. As decreed by the artist, it can never exhibit works by any other artist and… More ›