A Symposium Held at the Getty Center on April 25 and 26, 2008
Histories of American and British sculpture are often told separately, with artists and their work contextualized according to nationality. This division, however, obscures a rich trans-Atlantic exchange of ideas, individuals, and aesthetic influences. In fact, the postwar art world saw lively interaction between British and American sculptors, critics, curators, teachers, and institutions. This symposium, organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute and the Henry Moore Institute, brought attention to this international movement of people, objects, and ideas and examined the particular importance of Anglo-American exchange to the history of postwar sculpture.
"Anglo-American Exchange in Postwar Sculpture, 1945–1975" marked the donation, and the Getty's installation, of the Fran and Ray Stark sculpture collection—28 works of modern sculpture by some of the field's most important artists. The two-day symposium included presentations and discussion, as well as evening receptions and tours of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and modern outdoor sculpture at the Getty Center. Throughout, symposium participants explored the broader issues and contexts that surround both the Stark collection and our understanding of the international dimensions of postwar sculpture.