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What Ansel Adams Taught Me

Mt. Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California / Ansel Adams
© 2014 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

The photographer was nothing like this young artist imagined. More»

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Letting Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” Speak for Itself

Tom Learner and Alan Phenix of the Getty Conservation Institute with Jackson Pollock's Mural
Tom Learner (left) and Alan Phenix of the Getty Conservation Institute with Jackson Pollock's Mural

“It was time to do something.” Jackson Pollock’s Mural, conserved. More»

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Simultaneous Viewing and Ray Metzker’s Composites

Chicago / Ray K. Metzker
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.1966. © Ray K. Metzker

The exhibition The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design in the Center for Photographs charts the five-decade-long career of Philadelphia-based photographer Ray K. Metzker and offers a context for his visual aesthetic through a selection of works by founding members and influential students of Chicago’s Institute of Design. More»

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Boo! Don’t Look Now, But I See a Ghost

Mrs. Chapin oil merchant & his spirit wife & babe recognized / William H. Mumler

In the 1860s, an era fascinated with spiritualism—spirits, the supernatural, messages from the Great Beyond—a small-time engraver named William Mumler realized he could apply the latest technology of his day, photography, to create “spirit photographs.” Almost a visual séance, Mumler’s… More»

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Curators Talk Mapplethorpe at the Getty and LACMA

Self-Portrait, 1980 / Robert Mapplethorpe
Self-Portrait, negative, 1980; print, 1990, Robert Mapplethorpe. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 14 in. Jointly acquired by The J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; partial purchase with funds provided by The J. Paul Getty Trust and The David Geffen Foundation. 2011.9.21. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Last year the Getty and LACMA jointly acquired the art and archives of Robert Mapplethorpe, including more than 2,000 works of art as well extensive documentation of this important artist’s celebrated career and working methods. Now both museums are presenting… More»

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A New Look at Ray K. Metzker

Chicago / Ray K. Metzker

Ray K. Metzker is one of the most innovative photographers of the last half century, though he is not as well known as some of his contemporaries. The new exhibition The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of… More»

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It Takes a Village: Understanding Spanish American Colonial Art from the Ground Up

Serie Reyes y Profetas de Israe / Marcos Zapata

Art history is sometimes imagined as a discipline of solitary scholars, not unlike King Solomon as depicted in this Viceregal painting by Marcos Zapata: alone in a study, poring over texts, and waiting for the moment of inspiration (perhaps divine?)… More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Conservation, Getty Conservation Institute, J. Paul Getty Museum, Paintings

Getty to Conserve Jackson Pollock’s Watershed Work “Mural”

Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956) Mural, 1943 Oil on canvas, 8’ ¼” x 19’ 10” Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6 University of Iowa Museum of Art Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa
Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956) Mural, 1943 Oil on canvas, 8’ ¼” x 19’ 10” Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6 University of Iowa Museum of Art Reproduced with permission from The University of Iowa

It’s official—abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock’s seminal work Mural (1943) will be undergoing technical study and conservation at the Getty Center as part of a new collaboration between the Getty and the University of Iowa Museum of Art. The painting… More»

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Treasures from the Vault: The Sky Gets a Chance! Gordon Matta-Clark Works on View at the Research Library

Display case of Gordon Matta-Clark materials at the Getty Research Institute framed against the sky

A new display case about American artist Gordon Matta-Clark just opened at the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute. I selected the items in the small case—which is just past the reception desk of the Research Institute lobby—from the archive… More»

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Question of the Week: Is It Still a Man’s World?

Car Hood / Judy Chicago

In 1964, while a student in UCLA’s graduate program in painting and sculpture, artist Judy Chicago enrolled in auto-body school—the only woman in a class of 250 men. They were all there to learn how to custom-paint cars with candy-colored… More»

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      From you have I been absent in the spring,
      When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
      Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
      That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
      Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
      Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
      Could make me any summer’s story tell,
      Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
      Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
      Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
      They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
      Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
      Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
      As with your shadow I with these did play.

      —William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564

      Vase of Flowers (detail), 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      04/23/14

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