If you like contemporary art, you'll find excellent examples of modern sculpture at The Getty Center dotted around the complex and in the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace and Gardens.
There's a fabulous selection of bronze, steel and ceramic pieces of all shapes, colours and sizes that really stand out against the clean lines and light-coloured walls of The Getty Center.
Here are a few photographs of the sculptures for you to enjoy...
Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace
Delusions of Grandeur
This intriguing bronze is by Belgian Rene Magritte from 1967 and can be found in the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace beside a number of other interesting bronze works.
Figure for Landscape
'Figure for Landscape' by British artist Barbara Hepworth, was designed in 1960 and cast in 1968.
Torso of Dina
This bronze statue, 'Torso of Dina', is from 1943 by Aristide Maillol.
Torso of Summer
'Torso of Summer' is another Aristide Maillol bronze from 1911.
The bronze above by fellow Brit, Henry Moore, was designed in 1958-59 and cast in 1975.
The Getty Center Arrival Plaza sculptures
In the Arrival Plaza as you get off the trams, that ferry you to and from The Getty Center, you'll be greeted by this lead sculpture, entitled 'Air', by French sculptor Aristide Maillol. It was designed in 1938 and cast in 1962.
Standing sentry at the Arrival Plaza, with views to the north behind it of the Santa Monica Mountains, you'll find this impressive metal sculpture.
Around the corner from the Arrival Plaza you'll also find this colourful modern piece.
Lower Terrace Sculpture Garden
Beside the beautifully landscaped Central Garden at The Getty, you'll find six more sculptures in the Lower Terrace Sculpture Garden, including this wonderful glazed ceramic piece by French artist Fernand Leger.
Designed in 1952-53, 'Walking Flower' was cast in 1982-83.
This unnamed bronze piece is by American Joel Shapiro from 1982-85 and I have to say it's not one of my favourite sculptures, whilst on the other hand I think the next piece is fantastic and has the best name ever.
I love the dragon-like qualities of the painted steel work by Mark Si Suvero. This American artist was born in China and you can clearly see the Eastern influence in his sculpture from 1988.
Three Squares Gyratory
This kinetic, wind-activated gyratory by American George Rickey was made in 1971.
Spiny Top, Curly Bottom
This arresting red painted steel metalwork is from 1963 by American Alexander Calder and looks great against the interesting architecture of The Getty Center.
'The Jousters' are more painted steelwork by Alexander Calder from 1963.
These pieces especially remind me of the geometric sculptures to be found in West Hollywood.
Finally for the Lower Terrace Garden, I'm unsure what this brushed steel piece is called, but I do like its simplistic design, especially when you view it with sprawling L.A. behind it.
Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden
Last but certainly not least, is a collection of sculptures to be found down by the tram station at the entrance to The Getty.
It would be easy to walk past this lovely little garden without discovering its delights, but on my first visit to the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden last October I was quite enamoured with the tranquil and colourful space.
Henry Moore's golden 'Bronze Form' from 1985 is the clearly highlight of the Sculpture Garden and stands out instantly.
It looks spectacular framed against the Santa Monica Mountains and gleaming under the wonderful Southern Californian sunshine.
The Tent of Holofernes
Isamu Noguchi's 'The Tent of Holofernes' bronze sculpture has an interesting name and it is equally intriguing to look at.
This piece was originally designed as a stage set in 1950 for choreographer and dancer Martha Graham's production, 'Judith', and later cast in 1978.
'Figure' was designed in 1976 by Spanish artist Joan Miro and cast in 1985.
Large Metamorphic Venus
This simple bronze outdoor sculpture is by British sculptor William Turnbull from 1983.
The remaining bronze sculptures here are both by Brit, Elisabeth Frink. The 'Running Man' is from 1978 and 'Horse' piece is from 1980.
I'm not usually a fan of horses, but I do like this life-like sculpture a lot.
I hope you've enjoyed these sculptures on display at The Getty Center, I seem to discover new ones and look at them in different ways each time I see them, especially depending on the weather.
So until the next time I visit, enjoy the art...