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January 5, 2011 |  9:15 am

Simon Books

“Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best,”  (Norton Simon Art Foundation / Yale University Press ). Longtime Simon Museum curator Sara Campbell pens a sumptuous, illustrated history of the late 20th century’s greatest Old Master, Modern and South Asian art collector. Plus, digging in the archives, she provides a complete catalog of every acquisition (1,732 works) and deaccession from 1954 onward.

— Christopher Knight


east of borneo,  ( This fall, CalArts dean Thomas Lawson launched an online magazine with colorful artist interviews, like Mark Allen and George Herms talking about the value of “amateurism.” But the site's real reason to be: visitors can upload their own images and videos to create an evolving archive of L.A. art history. Time will tell if it becomes less CalArts-centric as it grows.

— Jori Finkel