A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America's Hidden Art Museumsby Susan Jaques
Some of the country's best art is hidden in plain sight, in museums largely unknown outside their regions. How works by masters like Rembrandt, Rodin, Picasso, and O'Keeffe wound up where they did is a colorful tale of American art collecting. It's the story of patrician families who acquired masterworks, self-made millionaires who used their business savvy to outbid rivals, and prescient collectors who championed new artists and neglected genres. Each of the fifty museums profiled in this book offers a uniquely personal, intimate art-viewing experience.
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Susan Jaques is a journalist specializing in art and travel. She has written for numerous magazines, newspapers, and websites. Travel writing sparked Jaques's love for art. An assignment in Italy led to Padua and the Scrovegni Chapel, Giotto's medieval treasure. Another assignment led her to Holland for Rembrandt's 400th birthday. Articles about museums in London and Amsterdam soon followed. Jaques is graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in history and UCLA's Graduate School of Management, where she earned her master's degree. Among her favorite places are the Getty and Frick libraries. She lives in Southern California.
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In this lavishly-illustrated (more than 250 full-color photographs) guide, Jaques (Bachelor of Arts, History, Stanford University; Master of Business Administration, University of California at Los Angeles), a journalist specializing in art and travel and a gallery docent at The J. Paul Getty Museum, introduces readers to art collections in fifty lesser-known American museums. Covering museums in thirty-one states with “geography” factoring into her selection process, the author showcases “diverse” museum collections that remain “hidden” or “under-the-radar” to many museum goers, even though they may be located on the “beaten path” or in “plain sight.” (p. xii) Not known for their blockbuster exhibitions or encyclopedic holdings, these “unsung,” “largely unknown” museums constitute “collecting” museums that display “extraordinary” art from their permanent collections and “tend to be exceptional in specific areas.” (pp. xii-xiii) They typically offer “unique” art-viewing experiences that are “genuine, intimate, and uncrowded.” (p. xii) Jaques organizes her book into fifteen chapters, each of which features three or four museums that have extraordinary collections in certain areas. She titles chapters: African, Pre-Columbian & Oceanic Art; American Art; Ancient Art; Asian Art; Contemporary Art; Decorative Arts, Design & Craft; European Painting, Eighteenth to Twentieth Century; Medieval, Renaissance & Baroque Art; Modern Art; Native American & Western Art; Photography; Sculpture; Single-Artists; and Spanish & Latin American Art. In each entry for a museum, Jaques describes the museum, its founder(s), buildings, collections, and history. The author also sets forth each institution’s address, contact information, website, hours of operation, and admission fee(s) as well as briefly highlights a few of its “must see” pieces. Of interest mostly to art lovers and travelers, this accessible, artfully- designed, engaging, informative, nicely- written, thoughtful, and well-presented publication by an experienced writer, traveler, and museum aficionado may be read from cover-to-cover and/or consulted by chapter and/or entry. While Jaques’s selection criteria and classification scheme may seem too arbitrary, inexplicit, personal, subjective, and/or superimposed for some readers, this book nevertheless belongs in many public, academic, and special libraries. It is recommended for individual readers as well as for library reference collections.--C. A. Lajos, Art History, Architecture, Decorative Arts, Museum, and Visual Studies Book Review Blog
Such a fascinating and charming book! This informative, delightful read is for the art connoisseur AND for anyone who appreciates a quiet stroll through gallery space (this would be me). Susan Jaques has selected a wonderful balance of unique small museums to entice your palette. Imagine a cross country road trip (and, also Hawaii) taking in each of these gems along the way!