Monthly Archives: April 2010

Posted in Art, Getty Center, J. Paul Getty Museum, Photographs, Film, and Video

Picturing Food: A New Social Art?

Untitled from the series British Food, Martin Parr, 1995. © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

Drop your fork! I need to take a picture! Perhaps you’ve heard this exclamation, followed by the snap of a camera, while dining at a restaurant or sitting down to a home-cooked meal. Maybe you have even said it yourself,… More»

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Posted in Art, Getty Center, J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings

85 Years After John Singer Sargent

Portrait of Therese, countess Clary Aldringen / Sargent
Portrait of Therese, countess Clary Aldringen / Sargent

During the late 19th century, John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was the most fashionable portrait painter in England and the United States. An example of his iconic style, his Portrait of Thérése, countess Clary Aldringen (1896) is now on view at… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Getty Center

Angela Merkel Visits the Getty

Thomas Gaehtgens, Jim Wood, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Angela Merkel outside the entrance to the Getty Research Institute
Thomas Gaehtgens, Jim Wood, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Angela Merkel outside the entrance to the Getty Research Institute

Thousands of German tourists come to the Getty each year, but today’s visit was special. The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, visited the Getty and was welcomed by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Getty president and CEO Jim Wood, and the… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Center, J. Paul Getty Museum, Prints and Drawings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Welcoming Leonardo to L.A.

leonardo_install_2

More than any other exhibition I’ve worked on, Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention feels historic. To stand there as the crate containing Leonardo’s painting of Saint Jerome from the Vatican was opened, to imagine… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Getty Conservation Institute, Research

Accelerated Aging Lab: The Scariest Place at the Getty?

Inside the Accelerated Aging Lab: tools for studying rock and mortar. The machine that looks like an industrial Kitchenaid is, in fact, a Kitchenaid—it’s used for mixing lime putty and mortars.

For those of us over 21, the idea of premature aging is definitely not attractive. Every time I pass the Getty Conservation Institute’s Accelerated Aging Lab, I get somewhat apprehensive. But the lab is not intent on hastening wrinkles and… More»

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Posted in Architecture and Design, Art, Paintings

Name Those Irises (and Win a Book from Getty Publications)

Eyes (detail) - can you guess the artist?

When we set out to design this blog, we looked at irises—lots of them. We asked curators and members of the blog team to pick favorite irises, both literal and metaphorical. There were camera irises, like those in the cache… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, J. Paul Getty Museum

College Night: Students Take Over the Getty

Students mingle and enjoy the tunes of Marc b. Photo by CSUCI photography student Chelsea Archer.

What if you were in college, and I told you that you could put on a party at the Getty? We didn’t go quite that far, but we explored that question by working with a class from Cal State Channel… More»

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Posted in Architecture and Design, Conservation, Getty Research Institute

An Update on the Earthquake in Chile

Earthquake damage at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Talca, Chile. Photo: Jorge Sacaan Riadi

The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) is a tool for cataloging and retrieving art information. It is being translated into several languages. Our friend and colleague Lina Nagel (manager of the AAT Spanish translation project) at the Centro de… More»

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Posted in Antiquities, Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Villa

How Do You Move an Aztec Deity? Very Carefully!

Installing The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire

Objects you see in the galleries at the Getty Villa, whether monumental or miniature, weighing a few ounces or several tons, all require careful and complicated work to install. As a conservation mount maker, I’ve just finished working with my… More»

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Posted in J. Paul Getty Museum, Publications

Please Bless Fido: Leo Politi on Olvera Street

Illustration from Leo Politi's Juanita

Think your pooch is in need of a little divine intervention? Since 1930, Olvera Street has hosted the Blessing of the Animals on the Saturday before Easter. Following a procession led by a flower-laden cow, Cardinal Roger Mahony blessed all… More»

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