The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
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Peter Plagens
In this Getty Perspectives lecture, Peter Plagens reflects, as an artist and critic, on summer. Plagens remarks: "Summers in the East, where I live now, gets artists thinking about about painting outdoors (finally), trying out water color, and if they can swing it, doing one of those residencies where they eat and commune in intense fellowship. As a younger artist in L.A., I had a different set of associations with summer. The season meant a combative heat. It meant smog, when the view of the mountains from the window of my old studio in Pasadena disappeared in favor of an opaque café au lait air pollution. But in the right location, say on the Palos Verdes peninsula, the reward was light. My professor at USC, Edgar Ewing, used to tell us painting students that the light down there was 'exactly like that in the Greek Isles.' I'm a cranky, diehard extistentialist, however, so among the three—bucolic Eastern art–colony fellowship, a sparkling light equivalent to that on islands in the Aegean, and the gritty heat in the smog, I'll take the last."

About Peter Plagens
Peter Plagens is a contributing editor at Newsweek and Artforum magazines, a columnist for Art in America, an author of several books on contemporary art, and a widely exhibited artist. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts for both his painting and for art criticism.

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