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October 31, 2006 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
John Szarkowski put himself out to pasture in 1991, ending a 29-year career as director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He returned to the art world 14 years later, but as an artist. A retrospective exhibition of his photographs opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005 and traveled to four other museums, including MoMA.
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September 15, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
Sit in a replica of one of Marie Antoinette's chairs in a new exhibit at the Getty Center in Brentwood and, through wizardry involving surveillance cameras and projection systems, you'll find yourself inserted into video footage of her bedroom at the Petit Trianon, the queen's private retreat on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.
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October 22, 1990 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has been prophesied as "an American Acropolis," "a monument to the highest achievements of culture and the human spirit" and "a cultural ornament unrivaled in any metropolis." The subject of all this anticipatory adulation is the $350-million J. Paul Getty Center, which will include a museum, a center for advanced studies in art history and a state-of-the-art conservation institute, all on a 110-acre hilltop in Brentwood.
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July 5, 2007 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
WOOD-BLOCK models, drawings and notes for 200 Modern buildings and projects completed over half a century have taken over four rooms of Ray Kappe's Pacific Palisades house. But in a few weeks, moving vans will transport the architect's life's work a few miles away to its permanent new home: the antiquities-rich Getty Center.
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July 14, 1988 | CHRISTOPHER KRUEGER, Times Staff Writer
Plans for a six-level underground parking structure and a $6-million electric shuttle system were unveiled Wednesday at the planned J. Paul Getty Center in the hills above Brentwood. The plans, which were submitted to the Los Angeles Planning Commission for approval, call for a tram system to carry visitors three-quarters of a mile uphill from the parking lot to a museum and other facilities.
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August 13, 1996 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For most of Los Angeles, the big moment for Brentwood's $800-million Getty Center will be opening day in the fall of 1997, when the public gets its first glimpse of the center's new J. Paul Getty Museum and research and educational facilities, perched high above the San Diego Freeway near Mulholland Drive.
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October 13, 1993 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
For the first time, in answer to rumors of cost overruns and published reports pegging the price of the J. Paul Getty Center as high as $1 billion, Getty officials have revealed that the estimated cost of the center will be $733 million. In 1991, when architect Richard Meier's plans were unveiled, the Getty had estimated construction costs alone at $360 million, but declined to reveal the full price of the undertaking.
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February 11, 1993
The J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Arts and the Humanities has acquired a large part of the personal archive of F. T. Marinetti, the founder of the Italian futurist movement. "Futurism was one of the most important early 20th-Century European avant-garde movements," said J. M. Edelstein, senior bibliographer and resource coordinator at the center.
REAL ESTATE
August 13, 1989
Construction has started on the first phase of the $300-million J. Paul Getty Center northwest of the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and the San Diego (405) Freeway in Brentwood. Designed by the architectural firm of Richard Meier & Partners, the art complex will occupy a 24-acre hilltop within a 110-acre site in the Santa Monica Mountains. Dinwiddie Construction Co., Los Angeles, has been appointed general contractor.
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May 31, 2007 | Alex Chun, Special to The Times
IF you happen to be at the Getty Center this Sunday, don't be surprised if you come face to face with a playful dragon or gryphon (a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle) guided by riders walking on stilts. As it turns out, the evocative life-size articulated puppets, known as the Dragon Knights, are among the many animal-related performers who will be populating the Getty's pre-summer Family Festival.
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February 8, 2007 | Cindy Chang, Special to The Times
FOR some parents, simply getting their kids through the doors of a museum is a triumph. Asking them to actually look at the art might seem like pushing it. Best to let them sail past the busts, perhaps absorbing a bit of the great masters' genius by osmosis. Strange, then, on a recent Saturday at the Getty Center to see a group of children as young as 3 staring raptly at, of all things, a 17th century French cabinet.
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February 8, 2007 | Margaret Wappler
Think of the latest installment of Getty's Selected Shorts as a twist on the cliche that every picture tells a story. The theme for the 16th season of the storytelling series is "Where We Live: Fictions of America," and it focuses on works that spring from any number of this country's multitudinous landscapes.
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October 31, 2006 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
John Szarkowski put himself out to pasture in 1991, ending a 29-year career as director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He returned to the art world 14 years later, but as an artist. A retrospective exhibition of his photographs opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005 and traveled to four other museums, including MoMA.
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September 8, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
Admission is still free, but visitors to the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades will shell out an extra dollar for parking at the two cultural institutions when fees go up to $8, beginning Sept. 19. The hike "is basically due to increased costs in running the parking operation," said Getty spokeswoman Julie Jaskol. This is the second fee increase for the Getty Center since it opened in December 1997.
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March 14, 2006 | Suzanne Muchnic
In an effort to put its rapidly growing photography collection under a bigger, brighter spotlight, the Getty Center in Brentwood will expand its photography exhibition space from 1,700 square feet to 7,000 square feet. The new galleries -- in the West Pavilion, directly below the existing photography galleries -- will be created from space that had been devoted to antiquities while the Getty Villa in Malibu was being remodeled.
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May 14, 1987 | SAM HALL KAPLAN, Times Design Critic
The J. Paul Getty Center for the fine arts in Brentwood will be a rambling, heavily landscaped campus of principally two- and three-story stone-faced structures, according to plans to be revealed today at a city Planning Commission hearing. Plans for the 12 Getty buildings are detailed in drawings by the architectural firm of Richard Meier & Partners. The complex will spread over a 110-acre hilltop site above Sunset Boulevard and west of the San Diego Freeway.
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February 5, 2006 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
ALMOST nine years and $275 million later, a beautifully refurbished and expanded Getty Villa at the edge of Malibu has reopened to curious visitors. As the nation's only museum devoted solely to the art of Classical antiquity, the Villa is a magnificent gift to the public. Don't expect it to have much discernible impact on the art life of Los Angeles, though. The museum will surely make a difference to scholars and students.
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May 21, 2005 | Merrill Balassone, Times Staff Writer
It's 9:30 in the morning, and visitors at the Getty Center in Brentwood are enjoying the mild weather as they stretch out under shady walnut trees. Some crowd the gates expectantly, eager to get in on the action. "Ready, goats? Let's go!" yells goatherd John Adams. And on command, a team of 300 goats files out of the pen in an orderly line down a dirt road on the museum's north side, tearing away mouthfuls of dry foxtails and buckwheat from the hillside.
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