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They lit up the Getty Center last night with sound and light and story.
The Getty Foundation officially kicked off the unprecedented collaboration
of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California called
Normally, Richard Meier's plaza and entry building look like this:
But last night, about 1,500 collectors, dealers, curators and even artists downed champagne on the plaza.
They came and went, talking if not of Michelangelo, then of the Charles Ray
"Boy with Frog" recently placed on the steps, and looking for all its whiteness, and its stance
like a more effeminate, limp "David".
The cause to celebrate was indeed a coming of age, that of the Southern California art scene.
From 1945-1980, something happened here, no, many things, many concurrent art movements,
some born of freedom, some of anger, most of new possibilities.
"Pacific Standard Time" exhibitions cover them well.
See this also as a slingshot rock thrust across the U.S.
at the New York art world - Goliath.
To gain a larger share of the narrative of art history,
and a larger share of tourist dollars.
When the color rich skies above the Getty had darkened,
the lights on the plaza dimmed to black,
and a voice that otherwise might be selling CD's on late night TV,
proclaimed the true history of modern art in Los Angeles:
Impressive technology, precision and creativity.
Only in L.A., you might say.
I thought of the overwhelming light shows in Chinese cities nightly,
and Europe's woes, then wondered,
how much power in the US will shift
from the Atlantic coast to the west.
To what extent will the 21st century be
Pacific Standard Time.