Carol Strickland

Carol Strickland is an art critic, author of the best-selling book The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to the Present (now in a third edition). Her other books include The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture and a historical novel, The Eagle and the Swan. Other books are listed on her website. As a cultural correspondent, she contributes to the Christian Science Monitor and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and many magazines.

Nonfiction Picks for Winter 2020

Intimate and intense, these nonfiction selections are must-reads for 2020. 

Detail of Five Great American Negroes (1939), by Charles White (American, 1918–79), oil on canvas. From the collection of the Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Muscle, Soul, and Vision

Muscle, soul, and vision come together in two must-see exhibits at Los Angeles museums; Charles White: A Retrospective and Oscar Rejlander: Artist Photographer.

Pictured in the courtyard of Condominium One in 1991 are MLTW architects who designed the early phase of The Sea Ranch (left to right), Richard Whitaker, Donlyn Lyndon, Charles Moore, and William Turnbull. Moore made Condominium One his home.

The Lasting Impact of Sea Ranch

A new exhibit on the Sonoma coast celebrates a trailblazing experiment founded on ecological, egalitarian principles.

Hot Spot

The fires that devastated Santa Rosa last fall followed an all-too-familiar pattern, raising questions about zoning and development policies.


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