About: Aion Velie

I'm a director and the owner of Nepenthean Films, a production company specializing in commercials and short documentaries. I've directed and written short films and a feature, and recently completed the documentary on Herb Ritts screening at the Getty Center in conjunction with Herb Ritts: L.A. Style.. I have an MFA from UCLA's graduate program in directing, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy.

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, J. Paul Getty Museum, Photographs, Film, and Video

Herb Ritts, A New Documentary

Paul Martineau / still frame from Herb Ritts documentary

A 12-minute film on Herb Ritts was just released to complement the exhibition Herb Ritts: L.A. Style, newly extended through September 2. Here the film’s director reflects on getting to know the artist, who died in 2002, through extensive interviews… 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.

      12/19/14

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