From 1983 through 1997, artist Joe Deal documented the site and construction of the Getty Center, designed by architect Richard Meier, through a series of black-and-white photographs. Between Nature and Culture presents 122 of Deal's photographs, offering an opportunity to view the evolving site through this artist's eyes, from the selection of the starkly beautiful chaparral-covered mountain top to the steel and travertine of the final stages of construction.
Joe Deal's photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. A major exhibition of his work was held in Spring 1992 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; it was accompanied by a book, Joe Deal: Southern California Photographs 1976-86. His photographs are in major collections throughout the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Deal is Provost of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Mark Johnstone's essay provides both a key to understanding Joe Deal's unique vision and commentaries on the thematic groups and individual photographs reproduced. He was formerly the public art administrator for the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles and he continues to consult in public art affairs for both cities and states across the West.