LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Trust awarded the Third Annual J. Paul Getty Medal to Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry at a gathering of arts and community leaders at the Getty Center in Brentwood on Monday evening, September 28. Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel introduced Gehry, who was honored for transforming the built landscape with buildings such as Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.
There have been very few individuals who have changed the course of architecture, and Frank Gehry is one of them. His use of new technologies and unconventional materials effectively reinvented architecture as we know it, said J. Paul Getty Trust President and CEO James Cuno in presenting the medal.
Given the Gettys sustained commitment to the study, conservation, and exhibition of architecture --from the buildings of ancient Greece and Rome to the earthen architecture of South America and western Africa, to King Tuts tomb in Luxor and the Mehrangarh Fort in Nagaur, India, and from Louis Kahns Salk Institute to Jørn Utzons Sydney Opera House it is fitting that we honor Franks many achievements with our highest honor, the 2015 J. Paul Getty Medal, he continued.
Said J. Paul Getty Trust Board President Maria Hummer-Tuttle, Frank has harnessed technology with the hands of an artist and the mind of a humanist.
In accepting the award, Mr. Gehry said It is a great honor to receive this award from an institution that believes at its core that art and humanities can have a civilizing effect on society. The Getty has proven its dedication to this mission time and time again through its generous grant programs, its broad education and public outreach and, of course, its dedication to providing free community access to its incredible collections. I am very happy to be a part of this vitally important mission.
More than 350 guests from the worlds of art, architecture, government and business attended a dinner to honor Mr. Gehry in a pavilion on the plaza of the landmark Getty Center. Attendees included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Gustavo Dudamel, Angelica Huston, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and artists Chuck Arnoldi, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Joe Goode, Barbara Kruger, Ed Moses, Lari Pittman, Charles Ray, Ed Ruscha, Bill Viola and many others. Other notables included Deborah Borda, Michael Eisner, Aileen Getty, Balthazar Getty, Rosetta Getty, Michael Govan, Agnes Gund, Michael Milken, A.J. Perenchio, and Ann Philbin.
The J. Paul Getty Medal was established in 2013 by the trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust to recognize living individuals from all over the world for their leadership in the fields in which the Getty works. The first recipients were Harold M. Williams and Nancy Englander, who were honored for their leadership in creating the Getty as it exists today, and the second was Lord Jacob Rothschild, honored as the most influential volunteer cultural leader in the English-speaking world.