About: Annette Doss and Katie Duvall

Annette Doss I've been a cataloger at the Getty Research Institute since 2009. I was the lead archivist on the Robert Mapplethorpe archive project between 2011 and 2012. Prior to that, I catalogued the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive and other audiovisual collections. I hold a master's in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Art History from Loyola Marymount University. My research interests include video art preservation and how libraries, archives, and museums work collaboratively to provide integrated access to their collections. Katie Duvall I was a library assistant in special collections cataloging at the Getty Research Institute, processing and cataloging the Robert Mapplethorpe papers and photographs. I currently work in the institutional records and archives department at the Research Institute where I help preserve the current and historical records of all of the Getty's programs (the Museum, the Research Institute, the Conservation Institute, the Trust, and the Foundation). I have a master's degree in Library and Information Science, with a specialization in archival studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in Film from Boston University.

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Treasures from the Vault: Robert Mapplethorpe Papers and Photographs

Self-portrait / Robert Mapplethorpe
Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Held at the Getty Research Institute

After much anticipation, the Robert Mapplethorpe archive is now available at the Getty Research Institute. More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: Shark Attack!

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This dynamic painting of a 1749 shark attack in Havana, Cuba, by John Singleton Copley was too good to paint only once. The original hangs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A second full-sized version of the painting, which Copley created for himself, was inherited by his son and eventually gifted to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

      The third version (shown here) is slightly reduced in size, with a more vertical composition. It resides in the Detroit Institute of Arts.

      A quick peek into the digitized stock and sales books of art dealer M. Knoedler & Co. at the Getty Research Institute shows the sale of Copley’s masterpiece. It was entered under stock number A3531 in July 1946 and noted as being sold to the Gallery by Robert Lebel, a French writer and art expert. The Knoedler clerk also carefully records the dimensions of the painting—30 ¼ x 36 inches, unframed.

      On the right side of the sales page you’ll find the purchaser listed as none other than the Detroit Institute of Arts. The corresponding sales book page gives the address: Woodward Ave, Detroit, Mich., still the location of the museum.

      Watson and the Shark, 1782, John Singleton Copley. Detroit Institute of Arts

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      #ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into #onthisday provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archives at the Getty Research Institute.

      02/10/16

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