The LA Weekly looks at the new show at the Norton Simon Museum tracking pioneering art dealer Galka Scheyer’s migration to Southern California. The dealer was a passionate advocate for Alexei Jawlensky, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, artists she brought with her to America from Europe:
Scheyer went to the New York Public Library and pulled out the phone book for every state. She looked up addresses and wrote hundreds of letters to universities, art galleries and museums, offering to introduce them to the work of the Blue Four artists, give lectures or organize exhibits.
“California responded,” Sander says. So Scheyer and a friend took a road trip out West via car and train (they even stopped at the Grand Canyon), and in 1925 she moved to the Bay Area. She later moved to Los Angeles, where she lived in a modernist Hollywood hills home perched high above Sunset Boulevard until her death in 1945.