Gray Column was one of the largest sculptures De Wain Valentine ever cast with polyester resin—the material with which he worked throughout the 1960s and 1970s to create his dazzling circles and columns. This monumental, free-standing slab, measuring twelve feet high and eight feet wide, was abandoned in 1975 and only completed for this exhibition. Curated by the Getty Conservation Institute and on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum, From Start to Finish tells the story of how this extraordinary piece was made and features preparatory drawings and maquettes, videos documenting the fabrication process, interviews with the artist, and a discussion of the conservation of this sculpture.
This Getty Center exhibition is part of the region-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative.
This exhibition is organized by the Getty Conservation Institute in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Learn about technical studies and conservation research being conducted at the Getty in conjunction with the initiative.