A Day at the Getty Center

Blowhard, Esq. writes:


Paleo Retiree’s swipe at Richard Meier reminds me that I’ve been meaning to share some photos of my trip to the Getty Center last month. Have you ever been there? It’s located in the hills overlooking Brentwood and has some wonderful panoramic views of the ocean, the Hollywood Hills, and downtown Los Angeles. The Getty, which Wikipedia tells me is the world’s richest art institution with an endowment of $5.6 billion (suck it Met and Loov-rah!), has an excellent collection that it’s rightly proud of. But the building itself, Meier’s “masterpiece”? Ummm, less successful, IMHO. Let’s take a look at what $1.3 billion gets you.

This first set is of the museum’s arrival plaza and entrance hall. Hope you like swoopy antiseptic white overlaid with an early 80s TRON-like grid.

Click on the images to enlarge.

This next set is various vantage points from around the main courtyard.

This last set is from the area around the garden and exhibition hall. It’s the end of the day, golden hour, so thankfully the harsh whiteness is softened.

Okok, enough carping. Let’s look at some art. There are four pavilions containing pieces from 1600 to the present. (The Getty also has a world-class collection of antiquities, but they’re housed at the Getty Villa in Malibu. That’ll be a whole separate post.) I was there for about four hours or so and only visited the exhibition hall, north pavilion, and west pavilion. Here are some of my favorites of what I saw. (You can get more info about each of these pieces, including ultra-high res pics, at the Getty’s excellent website.) 


About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.
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15 Responses to A Day at the Getty Center

  1. Tex says:

    Excellent photos. I’m keen to hit this place during my 31-hour stopover in LA.


  2. Terrific snaps. The complex looks more like a cancer-research facility than a museum, IMHO.


  3. Toddy Cat says:

    Personally, I kind of like the building, but it doesn’t really strike me as a suitable art museum, unless the stuff exhibited was purely modern art.


  4. agnostic says:

    At least SoCal modernism is only bland and flaccid, not soul-draining and suicide-inducing.


  5. fwood1 says:

    The Getty reminded me of what the future used to look like in old science fiction films.


  6. Glengarry says:

    Da Met? Da MAMA? Fugeddaboutit!


  7. chucho says:

    Princess Leonilla is an A-1 fox.


  8. Steve Sailer says:

    It was going to be even whiter, but the wealthy neighbors forced Meier to back down to a less shiny off-white.


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