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    The Sculptural Line

    January 17–April 16, 2017

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    Pygmalion and Galatea, about 1812-20, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Francisco de Goya); sepia wash. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    Pygmalion and Galatea, about 1812-20, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Francisco de Goya); sepia wash. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • Laocöon, about 1720, Giovanni Battista Foggini; bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    Laocöon, about 1720, Giovanni Battista Foggini; bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • Study of Two Men, about 1525, Baccio Bandinelli, pen and brown ink. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    Study of Two Men, about 1525, Baccio Bandinelli, pen and brown ink. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • Sphinx, about 1898-1900, Auguste Rodin; graphite and brown wash. The J. Paul Getty Museum

    Sphinx, about 1898-1900, Auguste Rodin; graphite and brown wash. The J. Paul Getty Museum

  • Happiness, 1953, Fernand Léger; brush and black ink, watercolor, gouache, and graphite. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Dr. William and Mrs. Lili Weingarten. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

    Happiness, 1953, Fernand Léger; brush and black ink, watercolor, gouache, and graphite. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of Dr. William and Mrs. Lili Weingarten. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

  • Nova Scotia III, 1983, Richard Serra; paintstick on paper. The J. Paul Getty Trust. © 2016 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    Nova Scotia III, 1983, Richard Serra; paintstick on paper. The J. Paul Getty Trust. © 2016 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • <em>Artist’s Hands Holding a Bone</em>, 1981, Henry Moore; graphite and ballpoint pen. Collection UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum. Gift of Eunice and Hal David. The Eunice and Hal David Collection of 19th and 20th Century Works on Paper. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rig

    Artist’s Hands Holding a Bone, 1981, Henry Moore; graphite and ballpoint pen. Collection UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum. Gift of Eunice and Hal David. The Eunice and Hal David Collection of 19th and 20th Century Works on Paper. © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017 / www.henry-moore.org

The Sculptural Line

January 17–April 16, 2017, Getty Center

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Although drawing and sculpting may appear profoundly different, for artists these two disciplines have often been intertwined. This exhibition presents the role sculpture can play in the art of drawing, as well as the function of drawing in the art of sculpture.

Selected primarily from the Getty Museum’s collection, this exhibition showcases drawings and sculptures from the late 15th through the 20th century. Particularly important was the tradition of drawing after ancient statuary and plaster casts beginning in the Renaissance and continuing through the early 19th century. As western art became more abstract during the 20th century, drawing remained at the center of most sculptors’ practice.

RELATED EVENTS

TALK
Bouchardon and Charles Ray: Sculptors Past and Present

Sculptor Charles Ray, whose Boy with Frog stands in front of the Getty Museum, joins the Getty's curators of sculpture, Anne-Lise Desmas, and drawings, Stephanie Schrader, to discuss 18th-century sculptor and draftsman Edme Bouchardon, and how his endeavors continue to resonate with artists today.

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

COURSES
Graphite and Clay: Drawing and Sculpting the Figure

Discover the relationship between drawing and sculpting the figure in this daylong studio workshop with artist Peter Zokosky. Participants explore the dynamics of gesture and the vitality of the human figure through a series of sketches while producing a 16-inch sculpture in oil-based clay. Course fee $135 (includes materials, lunch, and life model). Complimentary parking.

Saturday, January 21, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Repeats Wednesday, March 15.
Getty Center, Museum Studios

Drawing from the Masters: Drawing on the Edge

Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. Discover how contour drawing can be used to investigate the form, shape, and movement of the human figure with artist Marissa Magdelena. Sign-up begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Information Desk. All experience levels welcome. This is a free program.

Sunday, February 5 and 19, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Drawing from the Masters: Drawing Hands

Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sunday of the month at the Getty Center. Explore the art of drawing hands while working from sculptures in the Getty collection with artist Kaitlynn Redell. Sign-up begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Information Desk. All experience levels welcome. This is a free program.

Sunday, March 5 and 19, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

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