November 30, 1997 |
There has never been anything quite like the Getty Center. Scheduled to throw open its doors to the masses Dec. 16--after a series of hot-ticket invitational celebrations and an international media blitz--the $1-billion, 110-acre arts complex in Brentwood conforms to no known model. Yes, it has a much talked about new museum. But the Getty Center isn't the Met.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 26, 2012 |
An important Jackson Pollock painting owned by the University of Iowa that Republican state legislators have lobbied to sell is now leaving the state -- temporarily. Next month the massive 1943 oil painting called "Mural" is traveling to the Getty Center, where it will be the subject of an extensive conservation effort expected to last 18 months. Pollock painted the canvas, which measures roughly 8 feet tall by 20 feet long, as a commission for collector Peggy Guggenheim a few years before he began his so-called drip paintings, his most famous work.
February 3, 2014 |
Following an extensive cleaning process that included the removal of a coat of varnish, the Getty Museum will put Jackson Pollock's monumental work "Mural" on display for the public starting in March. "Mural," which is dated from 1943, is scheduled to be on public view at the Getty Center in Brentwood from March 11 to June 1. The large-scale painting is part of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art but has been in L.A. for the past couple of years so Getty experts could work on studying and cleaning the abstract painting.
March 30, 2011 |
Although Los Angeles is home to one of the most dynamic art scenes in the world, its leading art museums continue to lag behind those of smaller cities in annual attendance, according to a new survey out Tuesday. Only two Southern California institutions, the Getty Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, made the top-100 list in the Art Newspaper's international survey of museum attendance. With 1,205,685 visitors last year, the Getty came in 33rd, behind not just the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with more than 5 million but also San Francisco's De Young Museum with 2 million and the Art Institute of Chicago at 1.6 million.