The Fran and Ray Stark Donation of Outdoor Sculptures
Features Works by many of the 20th Centurys Greatest Artists
April 9, 2007
LOS ANGELES—A major transformation of the Getty Center will be complete this June with the installation of 28 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum from the collection of the late legendary film producer Ray Stark and his wife, Fran. The sculptures will be located throughout the site and integrated with the environment and architecture to create a dramatic outdoor art experience.
In creating the new outdoor spaces, the Getty worked with Richard Meier and Partners, the original architects of the Getty Center, and with the Olin Partnership, the site's original landscape designers, to develop and prepare areas throughout the Getty Center for the installation of the modern works. For example, the placement of Ellsworth Kelly's Untitled creates visual parallels with the cubes and columns of Meier's architecture while the location of Henry Moore's Draped Reclining Mother and Baby echoes the undulating terrain of the Santa Monica Mountains.
The gift of modern sculptures was made possible by the generosity of Fran and Ray Stark through The Ray Stark Revocable Trust. Many of the 20th century's greatest sculptors are represented in the collection: Robert Adams, Saul Baizerman, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Ellsworth Kelly, Fernand Léger, Roy Lichtenstein, René Magritte, Aristide Maillol, Giacomo Manzù, Marino Marini, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, George Warren Rickey, Joel Shapiro, Peter Shelton, William Turnbull, and Jack Zajac.
The donation reflects the Getty's continuing interest in modern and contemporary art. This acquisition also complements the Museum's existing sculpture collections by illustrating the links between historical and contemporary works.
"As the Stark collection sculptures are layered onto the site, their presence will transform the Getty's relationship with modern art," says Michael Brand, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. "In addition to adding a new dimension to the Getty Center site, the Stark sculptures help us demonstrate the continuity of artistic traditions that runs throughout the Museum's various collections and allow visitors to connect with art in new and different ways."
In preparing for the installation of the outdoor works, curators, conservators, educators, and other Getty staff worked together to ensure that the collection is cared for and accessible to the Getty Center's more than one million visitors each year. The gift to the Getty Museum also ensures that the collection will remain in the city where the Starks made their home for more than 60 years.
While the modern sculptures are being dispersed in gardens and public areas throughout the site, they are most prominently featured in two new named spaces. The Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden will be located at the tram departure area where visitors first enter the site, and will have a concentration of British sculpture, including works by Henry Moore, Elisabeth Frink, and William Turnbull. This new space will consist of a series of intimate and peaceful outdoor gallery rooms that have been designed to invoke contemplation and conversation. Adjacent to the Museum's West Pavilion, outside the entrance to the Center for Photographs, is the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace, where the works installed depict the broad outlines of figurative sculpture's move from representation to abstraction.
A special brochure on outdoor sculpture at the Getty Center is being created, and the sculptures will also be included in the Getty's educational programming. The completion of the sculptures' installation this summer will be the first significant change at the Getty Center since it opened to the public nearly 10 years ago in December 1997.
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