Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Getty Center

is one of the most beautiful art museums I have ever been to.

Incredibly modern, ultra cool architecture and landscaping in a stunning landscape, perched on the side of the Santa Monica mountains with startling views over downtown LA and the 405 freeway, the Getty Centre is also a place of peace and contemplation.

Getty Center central water feature

Cool pure and off-white 30x30" stone-clad inter-connected
campus, arched along two competing directions tracking the
two visible ridges of the Santa Monica mountains.

Getty Center and garden

Architecture by Richard Meier, and landscape design by
Robert Irwin, both equally stunning and perfectly integrated
with the Southern Californian environment.

Getty Center interior staircase

There is a superb exhibition of photography including until February 4th 2007 Public Faces/ Private Spaces featuring some stunning work from Mary Ellen Mark (below) and Bill Owens, and until February 25th Photographs of America from the Berman Collection which is extensive and indescribable featuring work as diverse as Camilo Jose Vergara's alternative American churches and Joel Sternfield's moving photographs of the infamous street corners and motels of America's darker history.

If you love photography, you have to see these exhibitions.


David Ackles - Oh California

Marissa Nadler - Photographs


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