Happy Friday! This is a creative update with focus on Los Angeles, but with an international twist.
First and if you haven’t heard, a wonderful painting from Vermeer is coming to the Getty for just a couple of weeks. It’s the wonderful ‘Woman in Blue Reading a Letter’ from the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Vermeer’s work is special for two reasons, one, we are only aware of some 40 or so of his paintings, which makes his output very, very small; second, the quality of his paintings is staggering and counts among them one of the most famous paintings of all: ‘the girl with the pearl earring’. If you’ve ever had a chance to see his paintings, you’ll be bowled over, because seeing them in person is so much more than looking at a reproduction: the life-like quality and in particular his treatment of light is just so incredibly beautiful.
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For just a couple more days, there’s a beautiful show of rarely seen beautiful work by Greta Magnusson Grossman at the Pasadena museum of California art. Greta was an incredible architect, designer, and artist who left an incredible legacy. She’s most known today for her Grasshopper lamp, which is in production again. The show includes a number of her less well known furniture pieces, architectural models and architectural and design drawings, which are incredibly beautiful. She’s one of a small number of women designers in the male-dominated world of design; for that and for her incredible work, she’s to be highly commended.
Last but not least, we’ll see a ton of great architecture shows coming up at the Getty and Hammer museums, including the upcoming show at the Hammer on the architect A. Quincy Jones (not related to the musician of similar name ;’)
Here’s to an inspirational and creative weekend!