About: Annette Leddy

Annette Leddy is a consulting curator and cataloger of archives at the Getty Research Institute and a writer on art and literature. The exhibition Farewell to Surrealism: the Dyn Circle in Mexico, co-curated by Leddy and Donna Conwell, is currently on view at the Getty Research Institute and is accompanied by a catalog. Leddy previously co-curated the GRI exhibition Tumultuous Assembly: Visual Poems of the Italian Futurists. Leddy has published essays on writers Roberto Bolano, Angelo Rognoni, and Jorge Luis Borges, and on contemporary artists William Leavitt, Larry Bell, Allan Kaprow, and Robert Watts, among others. In 2009 she was awarded an Art Writers grant from the Warhol Foundation and was a finalist for the Frieze Writer's Prize. She will be a writer-in-residence at the Montalvo Arts Center in 2013. She reviews contemporary art for Frieze Magazine, X-tra Contemporary Art Quarterly, and other journals.

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Treasures from the Vault: Beatrice Monti della Corte and the Americans

Beatrice Monti della Corte (detail) / Alexander Liberman
Beatrice Monti della Corte (detail), 1962, Alexander Liberman. The Getty Research Institute, 2000.R.19

The glamorous owner of the Galleria dell’Ariete in Milan was key to the careers of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, among many others. More»

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Getty Voices: The Forgotten Surrealist

Wolfgang Paalen with his portrait of Andre Breton
Courtesy Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City

“A feeling of surprise, even disbelief, that someone so unique could have remained unknown to us for so long.” More»

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Treasures from the Vault: Sam Francis and Mako Idemitsu

Untitled (Mako Series) / Sam Francis
Untitled (Mako Series), 1967, Sam Francis. Oil on canvas. 120 x 95 11/16 in. Collection of The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, museum purchase, The Benjamin J. Tillar Memorial Trust. © 2011 Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Those accustomed to thinking of Sam Francis as a major figure in a local art scene will be surprised to find that he was quite the internationalist, even before it became compulsory for Los Angeles artists to be so. A… More»

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      Messages on a Bottle

      Around the body in a very swirly script it reads “Pan e vin e va cantando” or “Bread and wine and merriment.” 

      On the bottom of the bottle an inscription adds, “kan’t Brood en […] Wijn niet doen? Wat Zouts kan’t Mael vergoên” or “If bread and wine fail to do so, a little pinch of salt can save a meal.”

      Calligraphy was a common hobby of the wealthy in the northern Netherlands in the mid-1600s. This bottle’s designer, Willem Jacobsz van Heemskerk, signed his name in more fancy lettering.


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