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This winter brings a whole new lineup of rotating exhibits to The Getty Center in Los Angeles. From Medieval and Renaissance era paintings, frames, and illuminated texts to the earliest and modern photographic art forms, the exhibits range in theme and scope. Despite their intrinsic differences, the exhibitions on display this fall all point to art’s unique ability to document time periods, cultural and personal values, and mankind’s creativity in art, fashion, food, and adaptability.
“Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media”
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Dates: December 20, 2016 – April 30, 2017

Focusing on mass media and artists interpretations of it, “Breaking News: Turning The Lens On Mass Media,” explores how artists have commentated on images from the news. From the war in Vietnam in the 60’s to the wars that resulted from the September 11th attacks, the work is a glimpse into the past. The exhibit will feature not only photographs, but also videos from artists.

“Fashionable Likeness: Pastel Portraits in 18th-Century Britain”
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Dates: November 1, 2016 – May 7, 2017

Head over to the Getty Center until May 7th, 2017 to see this interesting exhibit which features 18th Century pastel portraits in England. Throughout the 18th Century, wealthy British society members hired artists to portray different aspects of society using pastels instead of oil. Using pastels instead of oil allowed these commissioned artists to create paintings that were not only less costly, but it also was easier to dry and move. The result is an beautiful and unparalleled look at society during the time.

“Degas: Russian Dancers and the Art of Pastel”
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Dates: November 1, 2016 – May 7, 2017

The Getty Center provides several opportunities for art fans to see famous pieces of art. One such piece is on loan to the Getty until the beginning of May, 2017. “Russian Dancers,” one of Edgar Degas’ most renowned pieces is available for guests to see in person at the Getty Center. Degas, one of the most famous French painters of the 19th Century, pained “Russian Dancers” in pastels, which ultimately give this painting of Ukrainian peasant dancers great movement and light. The painting is said to “highlight the physical evidence of the unusual, highly experienced methods Degas employed in his late pastels, including his use of tracing paper, application of multiple layers of fixative, and dampening of the pastel colors to achieve the rich, depth and dynamism of the work.”

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“J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy”
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Dates: September 27, 2016 – Ongoing

The Getty Center features a permanent exhibit which offers a glimpse into the story of businessmen J. Paul Getty. As an avid art collector, Getty used most of his wealth to create the art institution which now bears his name. Getty, who made his wealth in the oil business and was considered to be the world’s richest man in the 1950’s and 60’s, ultimately left his fortune to a trust, which was to be used for cultural and philanthropic causes. The exhibit features pieces which Getty collected himself, as well as a fully immersive digital experience where visitors can learn about Getty’s interesting life.

“Greek and Roman Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art”
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Dates: May 24, 2016 — Ongoing

If you’re a fan of Greek and Roman art, then you will be pleased to visit The Getty Center to see a marble torso of Dionysos, which was discovered in Italy in the 18th Century. The torso will be just a part of the exhibit which features other Roman copies of famous Greek original pieces. From Apollo and Athena to Aphrodite and Achilles, visitors can get a look at art which is on a long-term loan from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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