Road Trip: Lost World of Interiors

Sally Chandler’s “The Lost World” Exhibition at AMSET

Catherine D. Anspon
May 24, 2013

It’s worth the 90-minute excursion to Beaumont to take in the Texas debut of Sally Chandler’s “The Lost World” exhibition. The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) is the second stop of this design-centric show, which launched at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans last spring. Chandler’s romantic vision embraces 86 paintings and drawings that represent a rococo array of her trademark subjects — aristocratic portraits, all manner of animals and avians, sweeping landscapes and great estates. But we’re most taken with her tableaux of interiors, including old libraries, chandelier-lined Venetian palazzos, a bathing house from Old Delhi and Enlightenment-era drawing rooms of undisputed pedigree, inspired by her obsessions with art-historical illuminati John Singer Sargent, John Ruskin and Maurice Prendergast, as well as the prose of Edith Wharton. While you’re there, be sure to pick up the accompanying volume, The Lost World, penned by Susie Kalil (Three Cranes Press, Houston, $40). Through June 30; information