Art Museums in the US

My book is published in the States on April 13th. I had hoped to be there to help launch it in New York at the time of the Frieze Art Fair in early May and even to see some of the museums I haven’t in New England, not least because so much of the book is an American story. It begins with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and includes the Guggenheim (of course), the Whitney and the glories of the Kimbell and the Yale Center for British in its first chapter; then going on to such great monuments as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Menil Collection in Houston and the Getty Center in Los Angeles; I included the Neue Galerie in New York, one of my favourites, and Dia:Beacon upstate; and, in the last chapter, I look at the reinvention of the Barnes and the Whitney and the building of The Broad in LA. Now, I am really pleased that the book has been picked up by Publisher’s Weekly, which I hope will give it a boost:-

Nonfiction Book Review: The Art Museum in Modern Times by Charles Saumarez Smith. Thames & Hudson, $39.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-500-02243-6 (


2 thoughts on “Art Museums in the US

  1. Anne Varick Lauder says:

    I very much look forward to reading your book, thank you for the update. I wonder if you plan to write about the V&A’s radical restructuring plan? Many thanks.

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