Road Trip: Lost World of Interiors

It%26rsquo;s worth the 90-minute excursion to Beaumont to take in the Texas debut of Sally Chandler%26rsquo;s %26ldquo;The Lost World%26rdquo; 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%26rsquo;s romantic vision embraces 86 paintings and drawings that represent a rococo array of her trademark subjects %26mdash; aristocratic portraits, all manner of animals and avians, sweeping landscapes and great estates. But we%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;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

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