Intimate Viewing: Reading Other People's Mail

A new installation at the Norton Simon Museum, Intimate Viewing: Reading Other People’s Mail,  will present 17 personal letters by 12 prominent artists including van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Diebenkorn, Kahlo, Francis, Kelly, and Feininger. Each artist paints, sculpts, and photographs, through use of the written word, the moment and the world in which he or she once lived. Through these priceless records, words of tribute and instructions on how a life should be lived, Intimate Viewing  explores the subtle nuances of a disappearing art form—the art of letter writing.