The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Duke's art foundations, do something quite generous: offer free downloads of several books on her amazing collections. Included are, Doris Duke: The Southeast Asian Art Collection, The Doris Duke Jewelry Collection, and Doris Duke’s Shangri La. I bought a bound copy of Shangri La -- the edition that highlights Duke's Hawaiian fantasy pad -- just because it's so lovely.
It is fascinating to see how ahead of her time Duke was, in terms of her taste and acquisitions. Anyone who has seen Kelly Wearstler's Domicilium Decoratus, will notice parallels between Wearstler's Southeast Asian objects and Duke's. Click here to download.
Doris Duke and Sam Kahanamoku play guitars at Shangri La, 1939. Note textiles purchased on her globe-trotting honeymoon. Image copyright, 2002, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.