May 2, 2013
Collecting rare works that include Italy's Giotto di Bondone and Pacino di Bonaguida, art history expands at the Getty to incorporate manuscript paintings as an essential feature of the early Renaissance story. "Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350," together with its first-rate catalog, is among the most important in an American museum this year. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, (310) 440-7300, through Feb. 10. Closed Mondays. http://www.getty.edu
May 1, 2013 |
The curator of a major architecture exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art says he is concerned it will be canceled in advance of its planned June 2 opening. “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California” is one of the central exhibitions in the Getty's new architecture series “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. " Organized by Christopher Mount, who is identified in MOCA materials as a "guest curator" and not a full-time museum employee, it is scheduled to run through Sept.
April 12, 2013 |
A film series titled "In Tokyo," in conjunction with the exhibition "Japan's Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto," will run at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center on the weekends of April 20-21 and 27-28. The six films in the series take a different look at the city of Tokyo, from the pre-WWII era to its post-war reemergence. The lineup for April 20 will feature Hiroshi Shimizu's 1936 "Mr. Thank You" and Akira Kurosawa's 1948 "Drunken Angel. " April 21 will see Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 "Tokyo Story," which last year topped the magazine Sight & Sound's poll of directors for the greatest film of all time.
April 11, 2013 |
When British authorities the other day denied an export license for a 15th-century Flemish manuscript acquired last December by the J. Paul Getty Museum at a London auction, few could have been surprised. Stopping the export of exceptional works of art from the United Kingdom is business as usual for the government's catch-all Department for Culture, Media and Sport . Why? Often, as in this particular case, for no defensible reason. ART: Can you guess the high price?
April 10, 2013 |
There are at least three great reasons to see "Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome," the newly opened antiquities exhibition at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. A major sculpture anchors each of the show's three rooms, and together they tell an accelerating story of artistic and social power on the ancient Mediterranean island. Chronologically, the first is a straightforward male torso, his finely chiseled marble body quietly brimming with latent energy. Second comes a preening charioteer, physically just larger than life but expressively very much so. And third is a depiction of a minor god with major fertility on his mind, his powerful physicality an embodiment of the contortions of carnal lust, both corporeal and psychological.
April 8, 2013 |
A valuable 15th century Flemish manuscript acquired by the J.Paul Getty Museum late last year has been placed under an export embargo by British authorities, who hope to keep the object in the United Kingdom. Britain's cultural minister Ed Vaizey has put a temporary export bar on the manuscript, known as "Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies. " The export bar will prevent the object from leaving Britain while authorities attempt to raise the money needed to keep it in the country. In a statement Vaizey said that it "would be wonderful if the extra time granted by the export allows a buyer to come forward and ensure it remains in a UK collection.” PHOTOS: Arts and culture by The Times In a statement sent to The Times, Getty Director Timothy Potts said "this is normal procedure when purchasing works of art in the United Kingdom.