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A Visual Banquet Opens At the Getty

A Visual Banquet Opens At the Getty
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography + Artists And Their Books

Two new exhibitions are set to open at the Getty Center on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.  The first one is Icons of Style:  A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011.  This exhibition covers the past hundred years of fashion photography, documenting how photography has made fashion accessible, and also how it has evolved.  It is not just the documentation of an art form, by another art form.  Rather it showcases the presentation and style involved in fashion, and how it is captured in photographs.  The exhibition also serves to track many of the aspects of the last century, as the values and lifestyle changes that occurred through the years are reflected in fashion.  It is truly an ambitious show, with all the great names in photography you would expect, such as Ritz and Avedon, with high quality vintage prints, 190 plus objects on display and 80 artists shown.  It is a comprehensive selection, rich in layers of meaning, and featuring a slice of the best the fashion photography world has to offer.

The second show, Artists And Their Books/Books and Their Artists has been curated from the Getty Research Institute’s collection of over 6,000 artist books.  100 of the finest works were selected for display.  Many of them were only published in limited editions of 5 or 10, and 20 of the books featured are unique objects.  There are books made from non-traditional materials such as wood, wool and acrylic, and a handful are sculptural in nature.  The books challenge the very notion of what a book is, including books that serve as a vehicle for the artist to make social commentary.  In several instances, the books are in conversation with other books or other artists.  Quite a few are meant to be interactive.  Los Angeles is a real center for Book Art, and this exhibition is a brilliant gathering of some exemplars in the field.  Both shows are thoughtful, provocative and worthy contenders for “must see” art experiences this summer!

Louisa Castrodale
Arts Coordinator PSUSD

"You don't have to explain your dreams, they belong to you." - Pablo Coehlo


Earlier Event: April 19
Casa Up Close: Arts Education Panel
Later Event: July 27
Los Angeles County Museum of Art