About: Alexandria Sivak

I'm an associate communications specialist at the Getty and have worked in media relations for art and architecture in Los Angeles since I moved here five years ago. I work with the manuscripts, drawings and photographs departments at the Getty Museum, and also publicize our awesome public programs. I'm a graduate of Arizona State University and I love learning a new fact about art every day!

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Posted in Art, Education, J. Paul Getty Museum

Barbara Kruger and L.A. Teenagers Team Up to Ask, “Whose Values?”

Hello / Goodbye, an installation by Barbara Kruger at the Hammer Museum
Courtesy of Barbara Kruger. Photo: Brian Forrest

The contemporary artist will work with nearly 500 high schoolers to question, comment, and create. More»

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

The Bully Has Left the Room

Untitled / George Seeley
Untitled, about 1903, George Seeley. Platinum print, 19.2 x 24.3 cm. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 84.XM.163.3.

While James Ensor is away, Pictorialist photographs will play. More»

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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Prints and Drawings

Watteau’s Elegant Ladies, Reunited

Lady and her mirror image. Details of original and counterproof of Seated Woman with a Fan (details), early 18th century, Jean-Antoine Watteau. Image left: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 82.GB.164. Image right: Collection Ariane and Lionel Sauvage
Lady and her mirror image. Details of original and counterproof of Seated Woman with a Fan (details), early 18th century, Jean-Antoine Watteau. Image left: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 82.GB.164. Image right: Collection Ariane and Lionel Sauvage

Two sister Watteau drawings reunite in a new exhibition. More»

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Free Summer Fun at the Getty

Families participating in Family Art Stops
Families participating in Family Art Stops

Hands-on art programs for kids of all ages at the Getty this summer. More»

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Getty Center and Getty Villa Open Late This Summer

Getty Center sunset
Getty Center at sunset

The Getty’s open late this summer! More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Art, Exhibitions and Installations

A Trip through Byzantine Greece

Kastoria
Photo courtesy of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Three stunning sites in Greece are home to remarkable Byzantine art and architecture. More»

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Children in Another World: The Photographs of Arthur Tress

Boy with Root Hands, New York, New York, 1971. Arthur Tress (American, born 1940). Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. © Arthur Tress.
Boy with Root Hands, New York, New York, 1971, Arthur Tress. Gelatin silver print, 10 1/16 x 10 3/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013.68.13. © Arthur Tress

The inner lives of children take form in the American photographer’s surreal, compelling images. More»

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Diorama-rama: History Behind Glass

Polar Bear, 1976, Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, born 1948), gelatin silver print, © Hiroshi Sugimoto, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council
© Hiroshi Sugimoto

Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto plays with dioramas’ tension between real and fake, fact and spectacle. More»

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A Love Story Told in Pictures

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The greatest romance of the 19th century, captured on camera. More»

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Ancient Myth, Contemporary Politics

Paris and Helen, 1786, Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748 - 1825), pen and black ink and brush and gray wash, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Paris and Helen, 1786, Jacques-Louis David. Pen and black ink and brush and gray wash, 7 3/16 x 9 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 83.GA.192

Jacques-Louis David made Greco-Roman myths directly relevant to the contemporary public, as this sly drawing shows. More»

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      ROSE

      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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