Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

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18th century costumes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently acquired a collection of 250 pieces, including many 18th century items, to expand its Costume and Textiles Department, which you can browse online. More details here. Unfortunately these new acquisitions, which are supposed to put LACMA  on a par with the Met in this regard, are not […]



Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian and her daughters: at the crossroads of art and science

This exhibition, titled Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science, brings long overdue attention to these three naturalists and painters. Maria Sibylla, born in Frankfurt in 1647 into a family of publishers and printers, was encouraged to develop her artistic gifts by her stepfather, himself a still-life painter. She published her first […]



My Inflatable Friend, by Gerald Everett Jones: a bittersweet novel of Los Angeles

Well, the title is not my favorite thing about this novel. Neither is the cover art, which may explain why you won’t see it there. So when Gerald handed me his book, with a few words of explanation about boychik lit, my heart sank. I pictured hormone-addled young men downing entire kegs of beer in […]



Fragonard at the Getty Center: Allegories of Love

I said earlier that I would report on the Fragonard exhibition when I returned to Los Angeles. Well, I am a woman of my word. Not that going to the Getty required too much of an effort. The weather here is balmy, as though to make me me feel how foolish I am to spend […]



Back in LA, and Mistress of the Revolution giveaway is ON!

I had a busy time in New York. So many things to discuss with Julie Doughty, my editor, and Amanda Walker, my publicist: fine-tuning the promotion of Mistress of the Revolution, scheduling the publication of my second novel, For the King (March 2009), plans for Book 3… And also more people to meet at Dutton. […]