Are you a fan of figurative drawing and painting? Then you are going to love this exhibition! “London Calling,” now on view at The Getty Museum, highlights the work of six artists from the 1940s to 1980s that revolutionized portraiture.

Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, and R.B. Kitty were all students of the School of London but each explored their subjects in radically different ways. These painters focused on depicting contemporary life through innovative figurative works, rather than the abstraction, minimalism, and conceptualism that dominated contemporary art at the time.


Bring your camera! This is a rare occasion for The Getty’s special exhibitions, where you can take and share photographs of all of the artwork on view!!

“This significant exhibition shows an important part of ‘what happened next,’ highlighting an innovative group of figurative artists at a time when abstraction dominated avant-garde discourse in the U.S. and much of Europe. Working with our partners at Tate in London, we have brought together a fabulous group of pictures that exemplify the radical approaches to figure and landscape pioneered by this influential coterie of artists, illuminating their crucial place in modern art history.” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum and one of the exhibition curators.


A great place to get inspired! Bring a blanket and a sketchbook and take advantage of The Getty Center’s beautiful gardens with views from downtown to the ocean. If you go with a friend, take turns sketching each other. Or, choose a subject at random.

“London Calling” is on view at the J. Paul Getty through November 13, 2016

London Calling is a collaboration between Tate and the J. Paul Getty Museum and is curated by Julian Brooks, curator of Drawings at the Getty Museum, Timothy Potts, and Elena Crippa , curator, Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate. Drawn largely from the unrivaled holdings of Tate, the exhibition has been enriched by a number of loans from other museums and private collectors.


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