July 6, 1997 |
It's been ridiculed as Pompeii on the Pacific, scorned as a plastic paradise and dismissed as an aging billionaire's monument to bad taste. It's also been embraced as one of Southern California's most beloved cultural landmarks and praised as the home of an increasingly respected art collection. The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu--which will close its doors at 5 p.m. today for a four-year renovation--does not invite neutral responses.
October 10, 1994 |
To the wonderment and, no doubt, perplexity of hundreds of thousands of commuters daily, it rises in Sepulveda Pass like a 14th Century mountaintop stronghold. Sprawling along a ridge line high above the San Diego Freeway, the emerging structure of boxlike buildings and interlocking walls presents a portentous visage of money and power.
July 15, 1993 |
For nine sun-drenched months, Stanislaus von Moos, a leading architectural theorist from Switzerland, lived rent-free in a furnished apartment in Santa Monica. He enjoyed a cozy office with a world-class library and ocean view. On leave from his real job, he was surrounded by fascinating colleagues who, like him, spent their time thinking, reading, doing whatever they wanted--and getting paid for it.
December 15, 2002 |
Five and a half years ago, when dust was still rising at the Getty Center and all the world was speculating about what, exactly, the $1.3-billion castle on a hill would be, the Getty's No. 1 art guy made an astonishing statement. "We have gained respect for visitors who don't come to a museum with the idea they are visiting a school or library, but as if they are going to a park," said John Walsh, a scholar of Dutch painting who directed the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1983 to 2000.
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October 10, 1994 |
To the wonderment and, no doubt, perplexity of hundreds of thousands of daily commuters, it rises in Sepulveda Pass like a 14th-Century mountaintop stronghold. Sprawling along a ridge line high above the San Diego Freeway, the emerging structure of box-like buildings and interlocking walls presents a portentous visage of money and power.
December 4, 2012 |
Greg Kurstin is one of pop music's most in-demand songwriter-producers, a proven hit maker who works closely with A-list singers like Pink and Kelly Clarkson. But he wasn't always so comfortable around celebrity. The year was 1982, and Kurstin - an L.A. native who grew up near the Getty Center - had formed a middle-school band with Frank Zappa's son Dweezil. Interacting with Frank was no problem; the late rock experimentalist walked around the Zappa home like a normal guy, Kurstin says.
January 8, 2014 |
Twenty venues around Southern California will offer free admission on Jan. 25 as part of the annual Museums Free-for-All program. Participating museums include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Orange County Museum of Art. The offer is valid for general museum admission only, organizers said, and may not apply to special ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each venue. RELATED: Big weekend on tap for art, and that's just the beginning The free day can offer substantial savings for families.
March 14, 2014 |
When the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats prayed for some kind of connection to permanence and immortality, his thoughts turned to Byzantine art as the most perfect emblem of the profound, eternal state of creative grace he was after. He wrote, in "Sailing to Byzantium," of a yearning to encounter and be transformed by the gold-infused religious images of "sages standing in God's holy fire" that define the Byzantine style. Now Byzantium is sailing to Los Angeles. "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections," the biggest Byzantine art blockbuster to reach the West Coast, begins a 41/2-month run at the Getty Villa on April 9, along with a smaller related show of illuminated manuscripts at the Getty Center in Brentwood that runs for three months starting March 25. CHEATSHEET: Spring 2014 arts preview Whether the 178 works to be on display at the Villa will induce Yeatsian mystical transports is uncertain, but they promise to be an eyeful.
March 21, 2013 |
The Getty Museum is introducing a new parking program that will allow visitors to visit both the Getty Center in Brentwood and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades on the same day and only pay once for parking. The new rule is scheduled to go into effect Saturday. Parking at either location currently costs $15. If visitors want to experience both sites on the same day, they would have to pay a total of $30 per vehicle. Under the new program, visitors will only have to pay $15 once and obtain a coupon that is good for same-day complimentary parking at the other Getty.