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July 11, 2012

A Klimt Exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum in L.A.

By Susan Michals | Art

A Klimt Exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum in L.A.
A Klimt Exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum in L.A.

Most artists hope for one great exhibition a year. But most artists are not Gustav Klimt, perhaps best known for his painting The Kiss. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth, there are ten shows in Vienna alone, another at New York’s Neue Galerie and a special exhibit of his drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, which opened July 3. “Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line,” on display through September 23, showcases more than 100 drawings by the Austrian artist dating from the 1880s to the early 20th century. “In looking at four decades of drawings by Klimt,” says James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust and acting director of the Getty Museum, “this exhibition reveals how he tackled line, space and the human figure, developing into one of the most distinctive, seminal figures in Modernism.”

This retrospective is the first fully dedicated to Klimt’s drawings, and the works come mostly from the Albertina Museum in Vienna, which houses one of the most comprehensive collections of his sketches. The artist reportedly drew live models virtually everyday, and approximately 4,000 of his drawings still exist. 1200 Getty Center Dr., 310-440-7300; getty.edu.

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