Janet Blake

Cu­ra­tor of His­tor­i­cal Art

Western Art Collector - - CURATING THE WEST -

La­guna Art Mu­seum La­guna Beach, CA (949) 494-8971 www.la­gu­naart­mu­seum.org

What event (gallery show, mu­seum ex­hibit, etc.) in the next few months are you look­ing for­ward to, and why?

An­drew Wyeth: In Ret­ro­spect at the Seattle Art Mu­seum, dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­days when I am vis­it­ing my daugh­ter and her fam­ily. We of­ten make a mu­seum trip into the city and have seen many great ex­hi­bi­tions there over the last 25 years.

I’ve al­ways ad­mired Wyeth’s re­al­ism. The ex­hi­bi­tion will have 110 paint­ings and draw­ings. It cel­e­brates his 75-year ca­reer on the 100th an­niver­sary of his birth.

What are you read­ing?

Astro­physics for Peo­ple in a Hurry by Neil De­grasse Tyson—the uni­verse is so mys­te­ri­ous and Tyson is a great sto­ry­teller for the layper­son!

In­ter­est­ing ex­hibit, gallery open­ing or work of art you’ve seen re­cently.

View of Toledo, circa 1599-1600, by El Greco, oil on can­vas—at the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art, from the H. O. Have­meyer Col­lec­tion, a be­quest of Mrs. H. O. Have­meyer, 1929. It’s an amaz­ing land­scape paint­ing from over 400 years ago.

What are you re­search­ing at the mo­ment?

The his­tory of the La­guna Beach Art Colony in prepa­ra­tion for our cen­ten­nial year, 2018.

What is your dream ex­hibit to cu­rate? Or see some­one else cu­rate?

Ac­tu­ally, it is what I am work­ing on now—art Colony: The La­guna Beach Art As­so­ci­a­tion, 1918– 1929, which is the more ex­ten­sive and re­searched se­quel to an ex­hi­bi­tion I did in 1986, Early Artists in La­guna Beach: The Im­pres­sion­ists.

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