Henry Huntington and California Dreamin’

English Copley at his best as a painter of children and dogs: The Western Brothers, by John Singleton Copley, 1783 (Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens)
The museum founder knew L.A. when he created an English-country-house fantasy. 

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast week, I profiled the Huntington, the exceptional and always satisfying botanical garden, museum, and library on the edge of Pasadena, Calif. Today, I’ll focus on the Huntington’s collection of American art, which developed in earnest and with alacrity starting in the 1980s and has little to do with Henry Huntington (1850–1927), the founder. It’s a museum within the museum, and it adds a lot to the Huntington’s impact and allure.

The Huntington, along with the Hammer in Los Angeles, is now hosting Made in LA 2020, the biennial of bleeding-edge work by living artists in this vast region. I’ll write

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