After more than six months living here in L.A. (and several previous visits), I finally made it to The Getty Center. And it's official, my parents have brought the rain with them from the UK, so we may not have seen the Center today in all its sunny glory.
This morning we drove to The Getty Center which was opened to the public over ten years ago in December 1997 and is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Designed by the architect Richard Meier, to me is even more interesting than some of the art, exhibitions and sculptures you'll find at the center.
I'm not a huge fan of looking around museums and art galleries, after all London has such a wealth of cultural venues - the V&A, The Tate, Tate Modern, Royal Academy of Arts and National Portrait Gallery to name but a few, which I only ever really visited for my work with various interiors magazines.
Today I found the architecture of the buildings, the landscaping of the gardens and the views from The Getty Center to be the most enjoyable highlights.
Another highlight of the landscaped Center is the Central Garden, created by Robert Irwin, plus the Cactus Garden is really interesting too.
After a look around various art exhibitions and the Museum Courtyard areas, we caught the tram back down the hill. On a whim I wandered into the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden by the lower Tram Station and was extremely pleased I did.
I think my art preference is for sculptures, so I was in for a treat (and no amount of drizzle was going to dampen our spirits). There was a really great collection of big pieces, including many by British artists, such as...
Henry Moore's Bronze Form
Henry Moore's Draped Reclining Mother and Baby
Elisabeth Frink's Horse
Elisabeth Frink's Running Man
After The Getty it was off to The Grove for a bite to eat at Marmalade and a bit of shopping at Crate & Barrel (we've not finished furnishing our condo yet!).
Anyway, all that culture makes me hungry (again).
Time for pizza methinks...