Why You Can't Miss the New Jackson Pollock & Ansel Adams Exhibits

March 13, 2014 | by Jessica Estrada | Pursuits

This month, the J. Paul Getty Museum (1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood, 310-440-7300) welcomes Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” art exhibit and Ansel Adams’ “In Focus: Ansel Adams” photo showcase. Here’s why you need to see both exhibits. 

Jackson Pollock's “Mural”; Through June 1

Jackson Pollock's Mural on view at The Getty.

Jackson Pollock's seminal work, Mural, is now on view at the Getty.

1. The main draw is the Getty’s restoration of Jackson Pollock’s famous Mural painting.  
Pollock is among the most prominent painters in history, and his monumental Mural is an iconic piece of modern art. Museumgoers can experience the artwork first-hand thanks to the Getty’s meticulous restoration.

2. Mural can only be experienced in person.
Due to its large-scale size and abstract aesthetic, Mural is something that can’t be fully appreciated until it’s viewed first-hand. Take time to revel in the piece’s spectacular mix of colors and curved shapes, which come together to create a sense of movement.  

3. Research that discovers new insights about Pollock’s work.
The exhibition is spread across two galleries: one features Mural and the other showcases the Getty’s research and analysis of the artwork. Among the new discoveries is Pollock’s use of a wet-on-wet technique, which supports the myth that he painted the piece in one session.


“In Focus: Ansel Adams”; Tuesday, March 18–Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mt Williamson by Ansel Adams.

Mt. Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California, by Ansel Adams. Negative 1944; print 1981.

1. This is the first appearance of Ansel Adams artwork at the Getty.
This exhibition is the first time Adams’ internationally recognized landscape photographs will be showcased at the Getty Museum. The showcase also honors Adams on the 30th anniversary of his passing. 

2. Adams himself curated a collection of his best work.
The Getty Museum’s recent acquisition of Ansel Adams’ Museum Set was the inspiration for the exhibition. The collection offers an entirely new understanding of his work, since it was personally curated by Adams at the end of his career and includes only the images he considered his absolute best.

3. Museumgoers can see how Adams grew as an artist.   
Featured alongside the Museum Set, guests will also discover some of Adams’ earlier works. The juxtaposition of the two sets of photographs gives guests the opportunity to see how his distinct photography style evolved throughout his career.  

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES, GIFT OF CAROL VERNON AND ROBERT TURBIN IN MEMORY OF MARJORIE AND LEONARD VERNON (ADAMS)

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