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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


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

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

The Shimmer of Gold


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).


Breaking News


With talk of the media and “fake news,” what better way to celebrate the media than by seeing an exhibition dedicated to artists inspired by the news. “Breaking News: Turning the Sense on Mass Media,” currently on view at the Getty Center until April 30, artists such as Donald Blumberg and Alfredo Jaar provide commentary on the media by utilizing news footage and prints to create new works of art that challenge society’s interpretation of the media and the news presented.

fullsizerender-60Searching for Africa in LIFE // Alfredo Jaar // 1996 // chromogenic prints mounted on Plexiglas


Untitled // Donald Blumberg // From the series Television Abstractions, 1968 – 1969 and Television Political Mosaics 1968-1969 //  gelatin silver prints /// 1968-1969


Untitled // Donald Blumberg // From the series Television Abstractions, 1968 – 1969 and Television Political Mosaics 1968-1969 //  gelatin silver prints /// 1968-1969

Central Garden

qe.jpgWhen going to the Getty Center it is easy to get carried away wandering through the galleries marveling at the impressive collection of art. However, be sure not to forget the Getty Center’s living work of art, Robert Irwin’s Central Garden. Located with a panoramic view of Los Angeles, the Central Garden is home to over 500 different plants including Bougainvilleas, Lavender, Tea Roses and Kangaroo Paw, not to mention the floating Azaleas in the heart of the garden. Written on the ground is the phrase “Always changing, never twice the same.” With each season comes a different garden fresh with brilliant colors, smells and views.

To see a list of plants in the garden click here:  http://www.getty.edu/visit/downloads/getty_center_plants.pdf


The Vexed Man

IMG_4365 2The Vexed Man // Franz Xaver Messerschmidt // Alabaster // After 1770

Poor man! Every time I look at him I can’t help but chuckle at his scrunched face. Each wrinkle and crease of his face is exquisitely defined in this sculpture. Known as The Vexed Man, the work captures the true emotion of this man. It was sculpted out of alabaster by artist Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.