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Mornington Crescent with the statue of Sickert's father-in-law (detail), 1966, Frank Auerbach. Oil on panel. Courtesy of Daniel Katz Family Trust, London. © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

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  Girl with a Kitten, 1947, Lucian Freud. Oil on canvas. Tate: Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury 2006, accessioned 2008. Photo © Tate, London 2016.
© Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Copyright Service

London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj

Through November 13, 2016 | The Getty Center
Working in postwar Britain, the artists of the "School of London" rejected contemporary art's preoccupation with abstraction and conceptualism in favor of the human figure and everyday landscape. Drawn primarily from Tate in London, this exhibition highlights the work of six of the leading artists who revolutionized and reinvigorated figurative painting in the late-20th century: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, and R. B. Kitaj.

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  Saint Francis (detail), about 1430–40, Master of Sir John Fastolf. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 5, fol. 44v

Things Unseen: Vision, Belief, and Experience in Illuminated Manuscripts

Through September 25, 2016 | The Getty Center
Religious experiences are deeply personal, yet throughout history individuals who have spiritual or mystical encounters have attempted to share their visions with wider audiences. These "unseen" experiences, recorded by Jewish and Christian authors in antiquity, were translated in new ways by the illuminators of medieval and Renaissance books. The innovative images in this exhibition offer visual entry points to the ineffable nature of faith.

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  Port Scene (detail), A.D. 1–300, North Africa. Stone and glass. Courtesy of Ferrell Collection

Roman Mosaics across the Empire

Through September 12, 2016 | The Getty Villa
In ancient times, intricately patterned mosaics decorated luxurious homes and public buildings across the Roman Empire. Mosaic techniques and designs spread widely, leading to variety of regional styles. The mosaics in this exhibition date from the 2nd through the 6th century A.D., and come from far-flung places: Italy, North Africa, Southern France, Turkey, and Syria. Recovered from various archeological contexts, they provide a glimpse into the richly embellished architecture of the ancient world.

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  The Great Oaks of Old Bas-Bréau, 1864, Théodore Rousseau. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Museum purchase funded by the Agnes Cullen Arnold Endowment Fund. Image courtesy of Bridgeman Images

Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau

Through September 11, 2016 | The Getty Center
Théodore Rousseau was an experimental artist who rejected the traditional historical, biblical, or literary subject matter in favor of "unruly nature," a Romantic naturalism that confounded his contemporaries with its "bizarre" compositional and coloristic innovations. This exhibition explores the astonishing technical and stylistic variety of his work, revealing him to be one of the most exciting, experimental, and affecting artists of his day.

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  Sculpture of a Monk Meditating in Replica Cave 285.

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road

Through September 4, 2016 | The Getty Center
On the western edge of the Gobi Desert, near the ancient oasis town of Dunhuang, China, hundreds of cave temples were carved into a cliff face and decorated with Buddhist wall paintings and sculptures. From the 4th to the 14th century, Dunhuang bore witness to intense religious, commercial, and cultural exchange along the Silk Road. This exhibition presents documents, objects, paintings, and sculpture originally from the site, along with three full-size replica caves, and a 3D immersive experience.

This exhibition is made possible by the support of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, Presenting Sponsor; East West Bank, Lead Corporate Sponsor; Air China Limited, Official Airline; Henry Luce Foundation, Lead Sponsor; yU+co, Dunhuang Foundation, and Blakemore Foundation, Virtual Immersive Experience Sponsors; and the generous support of China COSCO Shipping.

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Coming in September


Annual Outdoor Theater Production:
Haunted House Party, A Roman Comedy

Thursdays–Saturdays, September 8–October 1, 2016, 8:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Enjoy theater under the stars at the Getty Villa! Haunted House Party is a hilarious Roman comedy based on Plautus's Mostellaria that would be right at home as a television sitcom today: When big daddy Theopropides is away, his son Philolaches will play! The lovesick youth has borrowed a large sum of money from a swindler to buy the freedom of a slave girl. When Theopropides returns sooner than expected, his slave Tranio is forced into some high-concept scheming to save the day.

This knockabout farce features the musical, comedic, circus style of the one and only Troubadour Theater Company (aka the Troubies).

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  Laurel Jenkins (choreographer)

Friday Flights

Friday, August 26, 6:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Bringing together a wide range of Los Angeles–based artists for a series of happenings across the Getty Center, this program includes a collaborative project by artist David Horvitz and musician Xiu Xiu, a performative lecture by Martine Syms, bassoon and vocal collaboration between Archie Carey and Odeya Nini presented by wild Up, and B A S E (a durational rule game). presented by choreographer Laurel Jenkins. Free; no ticket required.

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  taisha paggett. Photo: Lisa Wahlander

taisha paggett & Yann Novak: Mountain, Fire, Holding Still.

Saturday, August 27, 10 :00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Los Angeles–based dance artist taisha paggett and sound artist Yann Novak consider blackness in antiquity as it relates to the body through an immersive and durational performance. This is a free, daylong program.

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  Photo: Courtesy National Library of Norway

The Cave of the Silken Web

Wednesday, August 24, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
This special, outdoor screening of the once-lost 1927 silent film by Dan Duyu, Cave of the Silken Web, will feature a live, original score by the Silk Road Ensemble. Based on an enduring classic of Chinese literature, Journey to the West, this adaptation follows a monk and his disciples on their way to India as they are besieged by spider demons disguised as beautiful maidens.

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  Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips. Photo: C. J. Pizarro

Garden Concerts for Kids

Saturdays and Sundays, August 6 and 7, 13 and 14, and 20 and 21, 4:00–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center
This free, outdoor music series for kids and their families in the Getty Center's Central Garden features some of the best children's musical artists from across the nation. Performing this year are José-Luis Orozco, whose bilingual sing-alongs excite children with culture and positivity; Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips, performing their signature blend of urban-island-folk with a dash of bluegrass and rock 'n roll; and Renee & Friends, featuring Renee Stahl joined by a notable array of singers, writers, and performers whose heartfelt songs resonate with children and adults alike. Free; no ticket required.

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  The Deer Park, 1962, Michael Andrews. Oil on panel. Tate: Purchased 1974. Photo © Tate, London 2016. Artwork © the Estate of Michael Andrews, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London

The School of London: Transatlantic Affinities

Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In this talk, Martin Hammer, professor at the Centre for the Study of Art History and Visual Culture, University of Kent, relates the painters in London Calling— which some view as quintessentially British—with an international perspective through a series of comparisons with American artists. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Detail of the layman Vimalakirti from a wall painting in Cave 85, Dunhuang cave temples.

Dunhuang Cave Art: Hidden Illumination in Dark Times and the Secret Ambrosia of Great Compassion

Wednesday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Theater and opera director Peter Sellars has been studying the Vimalakirti Sutra—a first-century allegorical text of Buddhist teachings, scenes of which appear in the Dunhuang cave temples—for more than 20 years. He will be joined by Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman to discuss Dunhuang and the Vimalakirti Sutra as sources of inspiration for artists and for Sellars' forthcoming full-scale production that is anticipated to premiere in 2020. Free; advance ticket required.

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  The nine-story temple encloses Cave 96, which houses a colossal Tang dynasty Buddha statue some 33 meters high. Mogao caves, Dunhuang, China. © The Dunhuang Academy

The Care of Time and the Dimensions of Conservation at the Mogao Grottoes

Sunday, August 28, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
For more than 25 years the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) has collaborated with the Dunhuang Academy to preserve the Mogao Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Neville Agnew, GCI principal project specialist, will provide an overview of this partnership and describe the wide spectrum of activities that were undertaken. Free; advance ticket required.

This talk is made possible by the generous support of Mr. Andrew Cherng and Dr. Peggy Cherng, the Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.

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  Vanessa, 2013, Richard Learoyd. Silver dye-bleach print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Purchased in part with funds provided by Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser. © Richard Learoyd

Richard Learoyd

Wednesday, August 31, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Photographer Richard Learoyd speaks about his work in the exhibition Richard Learoyd: In the Studio with Arpad Kovacs, assistant curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Self-Portrait, 1958, Frank Auerbach. Courtesy of the Daniel Katz Gallery, London. Charcoal and paper collage. © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

The Enduring Figure

Wednesday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Discover the expressive capacity and inventive potential of figurative art in this daylong drawing workshop with artist Peter Zokosky. Participants explore the human form through a series of live model drawing sessions, in-studio discussions, and an exhibition tour of London Calling. Course fee $125 (includes model, materials, and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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Sunday, August 21, 1:00–4:30 p.m.| The Getty Villa

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Highlights at a Glance—August 2016

Continuing This Month

London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj (Through Nov. 13)
Things Unseen: Vision, Belief, and Experience in Illuminated Manuscripts (Through Sept. 25)
Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau (Through Sept. 11)
Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road (Through Sept. 4)

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Family: Garden Concerts for Kids (Aug. 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21)
Talk: The School of London (Aug. 9)
Talk: Dunhuang Cave Art (Aug. 10)
Course: The Enduring Figure (Aug. 10)
Performance: Friday Flights (Aug. 26)
Talk: Dimensions of Conservation at the Mogao Grottoes (Aug. 28)
Talk: Richard Learoyd (Aug. 31)

Continuing This Month

Roman Mosaics across the Empire (Through Sept. 12)

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Course: Figurative Composition Drawing (Aug. 21)
Performance: taisha paggett & Yann Novak (Aug. 27)


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