Tag Archives: René Magritte

Outdoor Sculpture @ the Getty

erere.jpgSpiny 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.

wwwThree Squares Gyratory // George Rickey // stainless steel, 1971

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The Jousters // Alexander Calder // painted steel // 1963

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Walking Flower // Fernand Léger // glassed ceramic // designed 1952-1953; cast 1982-1983

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Untitled // Joel Shapiro // copper // 1982 – 1985

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Gandydancer’s Dream // Mark di Suvero // painted steel // 1988

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Figure for Landscape // Barbara Hepworth // bronze // designed 1960; cast 1968

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Delusions of Grandeur // René Magritte // bronze // 1967

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Two // Robert Adams // stainless steel // 1977

The Healer

JPEG image-1C1198CD48FC-1The Healer // René Magritte // 1967 // bronze // photograph by Erin Fong

Known for his witty and unusual juxtapositions, René Magritte was a famed sculptor and painter in the Surrealist movement. In his bronze sculpture of The Healer [which is currently on view at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC], you can see a man sitting with a cloak, cane and top hat. But where is his head? Instead of a face Magritte placed a bird cage with two birds. What do the birds symbolize? I am not sure. Do you have any ideas?