Monday, January 17, 2011

getty center visit

sunday was a most opportune time to visit the getty center for the very first time (embarrassing, i know), with my parents in town and the weather gorgeous. we parked in the lot and excitedly jumped aboard the tram, taking a neat 5-minute ride directly above the 405 freeway.

upon exiting the tram, i was struck by the fact that i had never been to this sparkling jewel of a museum before, despite living a mere 10 minutes away. the beauty is obvious in and of itself, but the lines, the shapes, the breathtaking view(s), the fact that it's free... let's just say that it won't be another 13 years before i make it back for a second visit.

i perused most, if not all of the north (art before 1700) and west (after 1800) pavilions, paying particular attention to the center for photographs in the west terrace. the ability to tell a story succinctly - in some instances just one photo - and visually is something i'm very much fond of, so there was a great deal to admire. yet i found myself gravitating towards the architecture, so i ambled around the halls and outdoors in search of eye candy.

this doesn't even take into account the central garden, who in the words of its creator, artist robert irwin, calls it "a sculpture in the form of a garden aspiring to be art."

getty center
1200 getty center dr.
los angeles, CA 90049

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