This is London (“London Calling” at The Getty Center)

“London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach and Kitaj” on view at the J. Paul Getty Center until November 13, 2016 is the first U.S. exhibition devoted to exploring what R. B. Kitaj called “The London School” — a group of post- World War Two painters in England who pursued figurative art at a time when Abstract Expressionism was the rage.

This is a wonderful exhibit, well-thought-out and well-curated, with a room devoted to each of these important painters, as well as a separate room of their drawings, with the majority of the works on loan from England’s Tate museum (and Tate Britain). The Getty’s own collection of paintings has, traditionally, ended in 1900. “This significant exhibition shows an important part of ‘what happened next,” said Timothy Potts, the director of the J. Paul Getty Museum and one of the exhibition’s curators, and “represents a new departure for us.” “Why this exhibit is at the Getty is another matter, which I’ll address later. To READ MORE CLICK HERE

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