This catalogue celebrates the recently installed collection of twentieth-century sculpture donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2005, after the deaths of Fran and Ray Stark. The book takes the reader on a visual tour of the Museum's new sculpture gardens and installations, which feature twenty-eight works by artists including Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Fernand Léger, Roy Lichtenstein, René Magritte, Aristide Maillol, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, and Isamu Noguchi. The book offers essays on the curatorial decisions involved in establishing harmonious groupings; a history of European and American sculpture within built outdoor environments and gardens; and catalogue entries that discuss individual pieces within their broader art-historical contexts.
Antonia Boström is curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Christopher Bedford is research assistant in the Department of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Penelope Curtis is curator of the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, England. John Dixon Hunt is professor of the history and theory of landscape at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
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