About: Steve Saldivar

I'm the social media coordinator for the J. Paul Getty Trust. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles and have spent the last decade living in the Bay Area. I prefer the sun over the fog any day! I studied English literature and multimedia journalism at UC Berkeley. I love producing photography and video for the Web. When I’m not at the Getty, you can catch me in the streets of East L.A. making photographs.

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The Local Newspaper That Helped Shape a Chicano Identity

Luis C. Garza, former photographer for La Raza magazine, is helping digitize 20,000 images from its archive.
Luis C. Garza, former photographer for La Raza magazine, is helping digitize 20,000 images from its archive.

Thousands of historic negatives from La Raza magazine are being digitized for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. More»

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The Artists the Internet Almost Forgot

Stacey Allan, editor at East of Borneo
Stacey Allan, editor at East of Borneo and organizer of Unforgetting L.A., hosts the first Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the Getty Research Institute.

Building Los Angeles architecture and its architects, one Wikipedia entry at a time. More»

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Posted in Art, Behind the Scenes, Paintings

How to Frame a Masterpiece

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How a frame conservator plays matchmaker between frames and paintings. More»

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10 Reasons Peter Paul Rubens Is the Ultimate Renaissance Man

Self-Portrait / Peter Paul Rubens
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Multitasker, social media genius, collector, diplomat. More»

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Posted in J. Paul Getty Museum

Back to the Future with Chicano Batman

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They’re not just a Latin band. Five questions for Chicano Batman. More»

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Posted in Ancient World, Antiquities, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum

Power in a Mummy Portrait

Mummy Portrait of Isidora / Isidora Master
Mummy Portrait of a Woman (detail), about A.D. 100–110, attributed to the Isidora Master. Linen, pigment, and gold; encaustic on wood, 18 7/8 x 14 3/16. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 81.AP.42

This woman is still beautiful and self-assured, 2,000 years after her portrait was painted. More»

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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute

Yvonne Rainer in Her Own Words

Yvonne Rainer at the Getty Research Institute

Hear artist Yvonne Rainer read from her diaries. More»

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Posted in Photographs, Film, and Video

5 Questions about the State of Photography in L.A. Today

Los Angeles at dusk

Quick takes on photography and L.A. from four experts. More»

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Posted in Art, Paintings

Scott Schaefer on the Meaning of Collecting

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The retiring paintings curator walks the galleries with us one last time. More»

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Posted in Architecture and Design, Voices

My L.A.: The Once and Future Golden Gate Theater

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Hollow and in disrepair, it embodied the reason I wanted to leave Los Angeles. I was wrong. More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: July 31

      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 small panel by Dutch master Gerrit Dou (photographed only in black and white) is now in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. It was sold to American collector Robert Sterling Clark, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, in the summer of 1922.

      How do we know this? Archival sleuthing! A peek into the handwritten stock books of M. Knoedler & Co. (book 7, page 10, row 40, to be exact) records the Dou in “July 1922” (right page, margin). Turning to the sales books, which lists dates and prices, we again find the painting under the heading “New York July 1922,” with its inventory number 14892. A tiny “31” in superscript above Clark’s name indicates the date the sale was recorded.

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art, selling European paintings to collectors whose collections formed the genesis of great U.S. museums. The Knoedler stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Girl at a Window, 1623–75, Gerrit Dou. Oil on panel, 10 9/16 x 7 ½ in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts


      #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.

      07/31/15

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