Spiny Top, Curly Bottom // Alexander Calder // painted steel // 1963
White travertine buildings coupled with the Los Angeles skyline provide a unique backdrop for a sculpture garden. Surrounding the Central Garden at the Getty Center is a collection of sculptures by artists such as Robert Adams, Alexander Calder and Barbara Hepworth. Here are a few of my favorites.
Three Squares Gyratory // George Rickey // stainless steel, 1971
The Jousters // Alexander Calder // painted steel // 1963
Walking Flower // Fernand Léger // glassed ceramic // designed 1952-1953; cast 1982-1983
Untitled // Joel Shapiro // copper // 1982 – 1985
Gandydancer’s Dream // Mark di Suvero // painted steel // 1988
Figure for Landscape // Barbara Hepworth // bronze // designed 1960; cast 1968
Delusions of Grandeur // René Magritte // bronze // 1967
Two // Robert Adams // stainless steel // 1977
Recently on view at The Getty Center was an exhibition glittering with exquisite works. Titled “The Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena,” this show explored the style of Sienese artist Giovanni di Paolo with ornate manuscripts and the stunningly gold “Branchini Altarpiece” (1427).
Fancy something elaborate and gold? All you have to do is take a trip to the Getty Center! On view now until May 1 are lavish tapestries of Louis XIV in an exhibition titled Woven Gold. The immense tapestries display a wealth of subjects such as the Triumph of Bacchus and the Chateau of Monceaux / Month of December. This exhibition is pure gold.
And so the countdown begins! Opening on January 26 at the Getty Center is the manuscript exhibition Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts. The show will explore cultural identities and the exchange of ideas between Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Stunning manuscripts will be juxtaposed with three-dimensional objects such textiles and ceramics. The exhibition is a must see—I think you will find it illuminating!