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In Madrid: Julius Shulman's LA

Last weekend, the Getty Research Institute's show Julius Shulman's Los Angeles opened in its third location, a cathedral-like neo-Mudéjar style water tower named Canal de Isabel II in Madrid. The first Getty-initiated show to travel outside of the museum (believe it or not), the exhibition originated at the Los Angeles Public Library in 2008, then traveled to the Guadalajara International Book Fair in 2009. This year, Los Angeles was chosen as the featured city at the ARCOmadrid contemporary art fair, and the Getty's show was named as an obvious gift the city needed to share with its Spanish audience.

In Los Angeles, we are often accused of forgetting. But what we probably forget more than anything is how recognizable our city is to lovers of architecture all over the world. It's not at all difficult to get someone who has never been to Los Angeles to describe the Theme Building, the Hollywood Bowl, Watts Towers, Walt Disney Concert Hall. And when they describe them to you, they are often describing the images of them captured by one man: architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

To see images from the show, please visit the slideshow.

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