About: Clare Kunny

I'm founding director of Art Muse Los Angeles and former head of public education and teaching at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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David Hockney in the Promised Land

Woldgate Woods, 26, 27 & 30 July 2006 / David Hockney
Artwork © David Hockney. Photo: Richard Schmidt

“Why is vibrant color, like green, characteristic of Hockney’s landscapes of Northern England? I think it has to do with the nearly 30 years that he lived in L.A.” More»

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Experience Art Off the Beaten Path with New Summer Tours

Ann Erwin and Laura Lewis present a musical exploration of modern sculpture in the Museum Entrance Hall

See the Museum’s collection from an insider’s point of view with three new tours at the Getty Center offered just for summer. Why special tours for summer? We have more visitors in July and August—and we find that you’re often… More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Warnings to the Rich & Powerful

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      It would be awesome if this was Medieval hangman, or a really awkward frat party, but it’s actually the result of a one-letter swap gone wrong in a book about the fates of the rich. 

      Here’s the full story:

      You sometimes regret what pops out unexpectedly when you open your mouth, but in this case, even the fish must have been quite surprised when a wooly lamb burst forth. 

      The stories in this text by Giovanni Boccaccio warn of the terrible fate that often awaits the rich and powerful. He uses here the example of King Polycrates, who tossed a ring into a river, hoping for good luck, and found it later in the mouth of a fish. 

      Someone got confused, though, and instead of a ring (in French, annel), what came out instead was a lamb (agnel). Apparently, neither the ring nor the lamb worked because the king was later hanged (background).

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      08/31/15

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