Curator of Historical Art
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.