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The Fran and Ray Stark Donation Features Works by many of the 20th Century's Greatest Sculptors

July 25, 2006

LOS ANGELES—A major transformation of the Getty Center has begun with the commencement of installation work for 28 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures recently donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum from the collection of the late legendary film producer Ray Stark and his wife, Fran.  The sculptures will be located throughout the site and integrated with the environment and architecture to create a dramatic outdoor art experience. The Getty is working with Richard Meier and Partners, the original architects of the Getty Center, and with the Olin Partnership, the site's original landscape designers, to develop and prepare areas throughout the Getty Center for the installation of the modern works. All sculptures will be in place for public viewing by January 2007.

The gift of modern sculpture was made possible by the generosity of Fran and Ray Stark through The Ray Stark Revocable Trust. Many of the 20th century’s greatest sculptors are represented in the collection: Robert Adams, Saul Baizerman, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Ellsworth Kelly, Fernand Léger, Roy Lichtenstein, René Magritte, Aristide Maillol, Giacomo Manzù, Marino Marini, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, George Warren Rickey, Joel Shapiro, Peter Shelton, William Turnbull, and Jack Zajac.

Curators, conservators, educators, and other Getty staff are working together to ensure that the collection is cared for and accessible to the Getty Center’s more than one million visitors each year.  The gift to the J. Paul Getty Museum also ensures that the collection will remain in the city where the Starks made their home for more than 60 years.

"As the Stark collection sculptures are layered onto the site, their presence will transform the Getty Center and the Getty's relationship with modern art," says Michael Brand, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. "In addition to adding a new dimension to the Getty Center site, the Stark sculptures help us demonstrate the continuity of artistic traditions that runs throughout the Getty's various collections. Visitors will be able to connect with art in new and different ways."

While the modern sculptures will be dispersed in gardens and public areas throughout the site, they are most prominently featured in two new named spaces. The Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden is being created at the tram departure area where visitors enter the site, and will have a concentration primarily of British sculpture, including works by Henry Moore, Elisabeth Frink, and William Turnbull.  Adjacent to the West Pavilion, outside the entrance to the Getty Museum's new terrace level Center for Photographs (opening in October 2006 ), visitors will find another sanctuary in the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace, where the sculptures installed describe the broad outlines of figurative sculpture's move from representation to abstraction. Installation of the works is being carried out using state-of-the-art technology, relying on the Getty's leadership in the field of seismic mitigation, and the Stark collection provides an opportunity for new, in-depth research by Getty conservation staff in the specialized field of outdoor sculpture conservation.

A special brochure on outdoor sculpture at the Getty Center will be created, and the sculptures will also be included in many of the Getty's roster of educational programs.  The completion of the sculptures' installation in January 2007 comes at the beginning of the year in which the Getty Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary, having opened to the public in December 1997.

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Miranda Carroll
Getty Communications Dept.

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