October 2019

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Get to the Getty!

(left to right) The J. Paul Getty Museum's Garden, one of the many magnificent sculptures on view, vibrant dahlias, Bust of an African Woman by Henry Weekes, entrance of the museum, LAArtsOnline's Writer Arlene Winnick and Publisher Paige Petrone with Irises by Vincent Van Gogh, flower tree in the garden, views of and from the museum are breathtaking (Photos Paige Petrone)

Get to the Getty!

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photos By Paige Petrone

Art is everywhere at The Getty Museum and every time I go there I find a new discovery and an old ‘friend’.  Though there are permanent exhibits, they rotate the collections and also have special exhibitions so there is always something new to catch my eye and my imagination. The tram ride and those breathtaking initial views of the LA landscape are always a highlight whether it’s your first or hundredth visit.  Just standing in the plaza area you realize the travertine buildings (designed by Richard Meier) are a work of art themselves. Pick up a copy of Today at The Getty which highlights special tours, events, children’s activities and lectures.

My first stop is always the painting galleries of the masters from Van Gogh to Cezanne to Rembrandt. This month, Manet and Modern Beauty, a dedicated exhibit to the Parisian artist opens.  Them I visit the Sculpture, Decorative Arts and Photography galleries. The Photography collection is always changing and always evocative.

The gardens are not to be missed – The Flowermaze created by artist Robert Irwin is bursting with color and textures. So peaceful – the perfect place to simply relax.  Follow the path in the Central Garden and listen to the sounds of the stream made by strategically placed boulders creating a ‘sound sculpture.’  There are daily garden tours. Get yourself to the Getty! Art is truly everywhere at this stellar museum.

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Norton Simon

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on view at Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo Courtesy of Norton Museum

The belle époque era or “beautiful era” was a time between the end of the Franco – Prussian War 1872 and the beginning of World War I when Paris seemed to be the artistic center of the universe. It was a time when Paris was at the forefront of urban development and cultural innovation, breeding ideas of affluence, cultivating culture and beauty.  The Eiffel Tower was built as the grand entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair held in Paris . It was a new world of wonder and entertainment in France .

By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Epoque at the Norton Simon Museum surveys the rich range of artistic responses to life in the French capital during this time. This ear is often imagined as a golden age of spectacle and joie de vivre, yet as the works of art in this exhibition demonstrate, the experience of daily life was often the inspiration for bold artistic expression interpreting the everyday as something extraordinary.

To convey the immediacy of what they observed, artists like Pierre Bonnard and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec rejected the formalities of oil painting, preferring loose, sketch-like handling, abrupt compositional cropping and oblique points of view that situate the spectator within the scene. Many painters turned to printmaking as a newly compelling pictorial medium, one that invited bold aesthetic experimentation while broadening the potential market for avant-garde art.

For all things at the Norton Simon Museum, click here.

Fowler Museum

Through Positive Eyes on view at Fowler Museum at UCLA

Fowler Museum

  • By Arlene Winnick

THROUGH POSITIVE EYES is a powerful new exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.  The mixed media exhibit was created to help end the stigma around HIV/AIDS and empower people from around the world who are living with the virus.  The works include photography, video, sculpture and live storytelling designed to reflect on the lives of 130 participants from ten international cities plus an installation by LA-based multimedia artist Alison Saar.  Combined, the artworks create a broad picture of the epidemic from everyday imagery to more abstract depictions of joy, grief, solicitude and resilience.  There is also a program of live storytelling in the gallery performed by seven HIV-positive Angelenos.

THROUGH POSITIVE EYES was launched in 2007 by UCLA’s Art & Global Health Center aiming to put cameras into the hands of those affected by HIV to create personal photo essays.  Today this exhibition, co-curated by David Gere, director of the Center and UCLA professor of World Arts and Cultures, and photographer Gideon Mendel is part of a global touring show.

Most striking to me is the mural-size collage of 130 faces, a composite of portraits taken by Mendel surrounded by ten self-portraits, one from each city where a photographic workshop was held.  Fowler Director Marla C. Berns noted, “The THROUGH POSITIVE EYES initiative educates and celebrates individual as well as collective cultural practices – especially art in the service of activism.”

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Building Bridges

Hayakawa: An Artist Retrospective at Building Bridges Art Exchange (October 5-November 2)

Building Bridges

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo Courtesy of Building Bridges

Tadashi Hayakawa’s Core “Core of Life” exhibition at the Building Bridges Art Exchange takes viewers on a transcendental journey through the process of life, opening a window into his inner world and exposing the core of his artwork in an organic way that invokes serenity and acceptance at times but also triggers anxiety about the uncertain and unknown future.

The artist’s creation process culminates in paintings where past, present and future fuse together throuogh intense outbursts of fury, by stretching the physical limits of the canvas and giving rise to beauriful and poetic stories with each sensual brush stroke. Hayakawa’s paintings slowly pull the viewer towards his soul, to and intangible place where creation takes place and feelings reside. The paintings are connected by a chronological timeline connecting the artists past, present and future, highlighting the most significant events from each time period of his life. Taken together, these giant abstract canvases challenge the limits of the medium, but they also historicize some of the artist’s most wonderful personal stories and his connection and relationship to the medium, but they also historicize some of the artist’s most wonderful personal stories and his connection and relationship to nature, his own culture, rituals and vivid experiences.

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