Posts Tagged: Getty Research Institute

Manly Hall, Hollywood Alchemist

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Alchemy is generally dismissed as pseudoscience, and its connection to art history may be hard to discern. But the Getty Research Institute has a major collection of alchemy manuscripts and books,… More ›

Kathë and Friends

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The Getty Research Institute has acquired a 654-piece collection of German Expressionist prints and drawings, centering on Kathë Kollwitz. Assembled by Dr. Richard A. Simms and described as a… More ›

La Dolce Vita

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On Feb. 28, 1693, Bolognese Senator Francesco Ratta threw a blow-out feast marking his retirement from politics. The pièce de résistance was a 22-foot-high sculpture in sugar. Designed… More ›

The Real Meets the Ideal

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This summer the Getty Center has offered at least two challenges to conventional wisdom. The one getting the most attention, “Power and Pathos,” offers a once-in-a-lifetime selection of… More ›

L.A. Collects Dürer, Poet of Melancholy

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It’s not the most Instagrammed thing in LACMA’s “50 for 50,” but one object lays claim to being “the most extensively interpreted work in the history of art.” That… More ›

Street Art After Deitch

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What is the place of street art in museums, post-Jeffrey Deitch MOCA? Anyone interested in that conversation will want to see “Scratch” at the El Segundo Museum of Art. (Above, a wall by… More ›

Street Art Coming to El Segundo

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This summer the El Segundo Museum of Art will present a street art exhibition built around the Getty Black Book. The latter, an album of L.A. graffiti and tattoo art assembled by the Getty Research… More ›

Artists with Guns, and Toothbrushes

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When 1960s artists wanted to document a performance, opening, or happening, they often called Harry Shunk and Janos Kender. The pair photographed about 400 artists in all, assembling a 200,000+ item… More ›

Quote of the Day: Henri Matisse

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“My pictures are made up of four or five colors that collide with one another…” —Henri Matisse That line comes from Pierre Courthion’s “lost” 1941 interview with… More ›

Everybody Loves/Hates René

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Some critics will tell you that Magritte is not art. Holland Cotter isn’t among them, but his New York Times review of the touring “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938″… More ›

L.A. Fall Preview

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Los Angeles’ fall museum season will survey the Silk Road and the Sepik River; feminism and fame; medieval England and Renaissance faces. The Huntington plans to unveil its refurbished Library… More ›

Mapplethorpe the Draftsman

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Every artist does an apprenticeship in which he tries out the styles of his predecessors. Robert Mapplethorpe did that, not only for photography but for drawing. As a draftsman Mapplethorpe was a… More ›

Paper Airplanes Land at the Getty

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In 1960s Manhattan skyscraper windows could be opened. Bored office workers pelted the city with a steady drizzle of aerodynamically repurposed office supplies. Harry Smith (above), the… More ›

Getty Adds Cameron Sketchbook

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The Getty Research Institute has acquired a 101-leaf sketchbook by L.A. artist-poet-provocateur [Marjorie] Cameron. It is dated 1957, the year the LAPD vice squad raided Ferus Gallery over an erotic… More ›

Getty Adds Gauguin Etching, Cartoon Laocoön

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Even as it’s holding an exhibition of its growing collection of European prints, the Getty Research Institute keeps on buying. It has recently added Gauguin’s 1894 etching The Woman With… More ›

Ruscha Photographs, LACMA Burns

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The Getty’s new trove of Ed Ruscha photographs includes this study for Ruscha’s 1968 painting Los Angeles County Museum on Fire (below, and currently on view at the Getty Center in… More ›

J. Paul Getty Dishes Museums

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You might have thought that the Getty Research Institute had always owned the diaries of J. Paul Getty, but it didn’t, not until the family sold them this year. Now the GRI has posted all 29… More ›

James Ensor, 150 Years Young

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When James Ensor turned to print-making, he offered the cryptic rationale that “I want to survive, to speak for a long time to men of the future.” Dr. Richard Simms’ gift of 11… More ›

Getty Research Institute Gallery to Expand

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One of the city’s smallest, smartest exhibition spaces is about to get a little bigger. Next February the Getty Research Institute gallery will shut down for an expansion. The bigger gallery is… More ›

LA Gets “Habitable Sculpture” NY Hated

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The Getty Research Institute has acquired two wooden models of Philip Johnson’s unbuilt “Habitable Sculpture,” originally intended as a 26-story residential tower for lower… More ›