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Abstract Films from the 1920s: Making Rhythm Visible

G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923-1926

Berlin, circa 1921: The painter Hans Richter turns his talents to film and produces one of the earliest abstract films, Rhythmus 21. Clocking in at just over three minutes, it’s a significant departure from the newsreels, romances, cliff-hangers, and penny-dreadfuls… More»

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Becoming Man Ray: Art, Life, and Paris

Untitled (Self Portrait with Pipe, Paris), Man Ray, 1921. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 97.XM.54.1

The mythology of artistic greatness tends to privilege the spark of creative genius over hard work, sacrifice, and experimentation. Traditionally, the biographies of famous artists have described naïve talents who achieved notoriety only after being fortuitously discovered. By contrast, Man… More»

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A Revolution in Reading: Finding Getty Publications on Google

Sample of a Getty Publications title on Google Books: The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire

In the entire 500-year history of the printed book, it is difficult to imagine a time of more innovation and change than now. Just a few short years ago, readers had the simple choice of hardback or paperback when they… More»

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Geoff Dyer Is Not a Bore

Geoff Dyer. Photo: Jason Oddy

When British author Geoff Dyer came to speak at Zócalo Public Square at the Getty Museum, he was prepared to be a bore. “It’s going to be the classic definition,” he said, “the bore, the person who lectures you about… More»

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Leonardo da Vinci, Anatomist

From the new book: Leonardo's exploded view of the muscles and tendons of the soles of the foot, with anatomical notes in English

Leonardo da Vinci worked for 25 years on a complete guide to the human form that would have transformed the study of anatomy in Europe. But the project was never finished and the notes were all but lost for centuries… More»

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Capturing Motherhood, In 50 Words or Less

Young Bourgeois Mother, Cologne, August Sander, 1926. © J. Paul Getty Trust
Young Bourgeois Mother, Cologne, August Sander, 1926. © J. Paul Getty Trust

How do you sum up motherhood in a picture or a phrase? There are over 400 elegant attempts in The Art of Motherhood, a new book from Getty Publications that pairs paintings and sculptures with words from authors as diverse… More»

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Visit Us at the L.A. Times Festival of Books

Come see us at booth #515

We’re looking forward to The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend on UCLA’s campus. The largest public literary festival in North America, the two-day free event is expected to draw more than 130,000 people. Anchored by bookseller booths and… More»

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      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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