Sunday, July 24, 2011

Behind the Scenes

Hello Faithful Readers!

Robert Irwin's garden.

Baldessari after Dürer and Dürer

You've been to the Getty Center. You seen Robert Irwin's lush and sculptural garden installation, gazed upon gorgeous paintings by Dürer, and perhaps even found Baldessari's Specimen (After Dürer) but have you been behind the scenes? Okay, listen, stick with me. I'll take you there.

Detail of bed in the Paris exhibit.

Some bed, huh?

Photo-collage layouts for the exhibit design. 

Associated graphics for the Paris exhibit.

Yesterday my friend David called with a last minute invitation. There was a cancellation which made room for me as an interloper in an IDSA exclusive tour of the Getty Center's exhibit:Paris: Life & Luxury. The highly informative tour was followed by a behind the scenes look at the exhibit design studio. Fascinating!

Exhibit designer talking about the process.
(The photo collages are in the upper left corner of the board.)

The design department at the Getty Center

One inch to one foot scale model of the temporary galleries where "Paris" is.

What did I discover? I am the Getty. I mean my working method is so like the exhibit design department except not only do I create the design, maquettes, and graphics but I also create the finished art. How was I to know? I work in isolation. I must get out more often!

Candid shot of the design offices.

Another candid shot with detail on the right of upcoming "PST" show.

More graphics from the Pacific Standard Time exhibit.
The Paris exhibit was nice, very nice but we also got a sneak peek at an upcoming exhibit that's more up my alley: Pacific Standard Time: Art In L.A. 1945-1980. In fact Getty design is all ready for it and on to the next thing. Here in Southern California we'll be treated to more than 60 venues where the story of art in Los Angeles will unfold. I can't wait but of course I'll have to.

This sign is on the door as you leave the design department.

Until next time this is Corbu's Cave.

Please note: click on any image to enlarge it. Do follow my links, (the off colored words), for more information. Oh, and please do leave me a comment, (anything),  just so I know you're out there. Thanks! 


  1. How exciting to see the good as seeing the exhibit! Thanks:)

  2. Thanks Carla!

    In fact the Getty site for Paris: Life & Luxury is quite good with visuals and text so I didn't bother with what they've already done so well. I just wanted to give you a little peak into the back room.

  3. Scott I will take a look for sure, how wonderful an experience for you!


    Art by Karena

  4. Karena you definitely should. In any given post half of of the experience of my blog consists of following the links and enlarging the images.

    Thanks for following along!

  5. Hi, Scott - I'm always interested to see how people work, and I enjoy the aesthetics of the creative workspace. These photographs remind me so much of Charles Eames' office as his staff was designing exhibitions.

  6. Hi Mark,

    Yes, I see what you mean. Btw I was slightly amazed when they told us to wander around at will.


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