The Getty Center
In Focus: Play
December 23, 2014–May 10, 2015
The introduction of photography in 1839 coincided with major social and economic changes spurred by the Industrial Revolution and a burgeoning culture of leisure. In addition to documenting historic events, this new medium was used to record the everyday, including the many ways people spent their free time. With the advent of faster film and handheld cameras, dancing and carousing were captured with the same enthusiasm as moments of respite and quiet contemplation. This exhibition traces the development of play as a photographic subject through the works of artists such as Eugène Atget, Roger Fenton, Lauren Greenfield, Bill Owens, and Larry Sultan among others.
Zeitgeist: Art in the Germanic World, 1800–1900
February 10–May 17, 2015
Between 1800 and 1900 the Germanic world underwent profound intellectual, social, economic, and political changes. The Industrial Revolution, the formal unification of Germany into a nation state, and the invention of psychoanalysis shaped modern life and its representations in art. This exhibition—which includes the works of Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840), Philipp Otto Runge (1777–1810), and Gustav Klimt (1862–1918)—brings together paintings, drawings, and prints from the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and distinguished local private collections to examine this pivotal moment in Germanic history.
J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free
February 24–May 24, 2015
Extraordinarily inventive and enduringly influential, J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) produced his most important and famous pictures after the age of sixty, in the last fifteen years of his life. Demonstrating ongoing radicalism of technique and ever-original subject matter, these works show Turner constantly challenging his contemporaries while remaining keenly aware of the market for his art. Bringing together over sixty key oil paintings and watercolors, this major international loan exhibition is the first to focus on the unfettered creativity of Turner's final years.
The exhibition was organized by Tate Britain, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts
March 31–June 21, 2015
The Renaissance courts of northern Italy, among the wealthiest and most sophisticated in Europe, attracted innovative artists who created objects of remarkable beauty. Princes and other nobles offered painters and illuminators favorable contracts and social prestige in return for lavishly decorated panels and books. These works prominently displayed their owners' scholarly learning, religious devotion, and elite status. Drawn from the Getty Museum's permanent collection of manuscripts, this exhibition celebrates the magnificent illuminations that emerged from this courtly context—an array of visual riches fit for the highest-ranking members of Renaissance society.
Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography
April 14–September 6, 2015
At a time when digital technologies offer increasingly sophisticated options for producing, storing, and disseminating images, a number of artists have turned their attention to exploring the essence of photography, distilling it to its basic components of light-sensitive emulsions and chemical development. These artists may use hand-coated or expired papers, archival negatives, or custom-built cameras, or they may eschew the use of a camera or film altogether. All employ a variety of darkroom techniques that shift our understanding of photography from a medium that accurately records the world to one that revels in the medium's materials and process.
In Focus: Animalia
May 26–October 18, 2015
Photographs of animals have circulated since the early history of the medium, initially focusing on those that were tame, captive, or dead. Advancements in camera and film technologies enabled precise recordings of beasts in motion and, eventually, in their natural habitats. Spanning the history of photography, this exhibition examines the expanding tradition of animal representation through the works of artists such as Horatio Ross, William Henry Jackson, Alfred Stieglitz, Frederick Sommer, William Wegman, Pieter Hugo, and Taryn Simon.
A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715
June 16–September 6, 2015
Commemorating the 300th anniversary of King Louis XIV's (1638–1715) death, A Kingdom of Images features nearly 100 works from the Getty Research Institute and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris. During Louis XIV's reign, the French strategically deployed prints to promote their culture, art, and style, and prove to the world that the center of creativity resided in Paris and Versailles. From grand royal portraits to satiric views of everyday life, and from small-scale fashion prints decorated with actual fabrics to monumental panoramas of Versailles and the Louvre, this exhibition explores the rich variety of prints that came to define French supremacy in the era of the Sun King.
The Renaissance Workshop in Action: Andrea del Sarto
June 23–September 13, 2015
This major loan exhibition celebrates the transformation of the art of drawing by Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530), one of the greatest Florentine Renaissance artists. Moving beyond the graceful harmony and elegance of his elders and peers, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Fra Bartolommeo, Sarto brought unprecedented realism and immediacy to his art through the rough and rustic use of red chalk and the creation of powerful life and compositional studies. Comprising rare drawings and panel paintings from key international collections, the exhibition fully illuminates Andrea del Sarto's inventiveness, creative process, and workshop practice.
The exhibition was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Frick Collection, New York.