Art Heals She Lived in a Shoe

by Normand Kneebone

So, I’ve had 2 days of escape, and I no longer think I’ll find myself up on a roof somewhere watching random passersby through a sniper scope.  I know, you’re all so happy to hear this, right?  I spent about 2 and a half hours of my escape asleep in the parking lot of the local Nordstrom.  Gather That’s right, I napped in the car. Never went into the store to shop. Just went there to sleep. That’s what my life has come to…And that’s why, the next day, I was kidnapped by the Dragon Lady and her family to this place…

Hello Getty Center! Hello Light!  (Museum light is the best light of all). So peaceful. So serene. Occasionally interspersed with things like this…

(It was actually a bit of a challenge to get this shot, because this is the busiest room in the gallery). Consequently, it is also the room with the most harassed  looking security guard.  I mentioned to the guard going out that they must hate drawing this room in the rotation. It’s just one big festival of “Please step back. You’re too close.” and “Don’t touch.” His desperate eyes said everything.

Seriously. Don’t Touch.

Back to our tour…If you like architecture and design (and I do. very much), then you can spend time in a space like this…

and enjoy design of this quality…

For those of us who are not church goers, there is a reverence and peace at work in places like this that soothes the soul. Broad, clear expanses that help to open your mind and soul to the things that time on the Hamster Wheel can sometimes make you miss.

Los Angeles bracketed by cleft-cut Italian travertine. Richard Meier is to be thanked for this space, by the way.

“The 16,000 tons of travertine are from Bagni di Tivoli, Italy, 15 miles east of Rome. Many of the stones revealed fossilized leaves, feathers, and branches when they were split along their natural grain.”
The stone—1.2 million square feet of it—is one of the most remarkable elements of the complex. This beige-colored, cleft-cut, textured, fossilized travertine catches the bright Southern California light, reflecting sharply during morning hours, and emitting a honeyed warmth in the afternoon.
Better, right?  I was.  Before I left, I stopped by to look at these…

Stained glass is always gorgeous.

One of my personal favorites. Making this gentleman emerge from a block of marble is one of the wonders of art to me.

Hallah!  Monet!  Hello Lovah…(step back. you can see it better that way)

And this lady had me pausing for a long, long time.

Much to my great delight, I also saw Cartier-Bresson, Strand, Talbot, Steichen, and others in the photography exhibit (no photos allowed) in this exhibit called “In Focus: Trees”

William Henry Fox Talbot - Getty Center

Parking is $15 and you can take you own lunch or buy one there to enjoy. A glass of wine too, if you are so inclined.  Check out their site to plan your visit to either The Getty Center or The Getty Villa (my next stop).

Seeking light can lead you to places like this. Let’s make a pact to try and not forget to do it, ok?

 

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