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The Seedy, Funky, and Fabulous Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s

Bus Bench Jesus, Ave Pildas
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Hollywood as it was in the ’70s. More»

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The Greatest Muralist You’ve Never Heard Of

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Misión, 2001, Fresno St. at Cesar Chavez, Los Angeles, Manuel G. Cruz

The slowly vanishing murals of Manuel Cruz. More»

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Treasures from the Vault: Malcolm Lubliner’s Photographs of the L.A. Art Scene

Jasper Johns, 1968, Malcolm Lubliner
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Photographic portraits of some of the 20th century’s most notable artists. More»

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Of Mice (Murder) and Men (With Cowboy Hats)

Untitled [Renée Cotta at Kings District Fair], 1966, photographer unknown
Untitled [Renée Cotta at Kings District Fair], 1966, photographer unknown

A photographer “introduces rural California to urban California for what it really is.” More»

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This Just In: The Shunk-Kender Archive

Harry Shunk (left) and Janos Kender in 1961
Harry Shunk (left) and János Kender in 1961 at a dinner for artist Lucio Fontana at La Coupole in Montparnasse, Paris. Photo: Shunk-Kender. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.R.20

The 20th-century art scene, told in photographs. More»

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By Paddleboat, By Inner Tube, By Car

July 4, 2013. Images by Terry Evans, courtesy of Amon Carter Museum
July 4, 2013. Images by Terry Evans, courtesy of Amon Carter Museum

An ever-changing relationship between a community and a river. More»

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Larry Sultan’s Visions of Suburbia

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On Larry Sultan, intimacy, and photography. More»

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Remembering Lewis Baltz

Lewis Baltz, Paris, 1992
Lewis Baltz standing in front of his installation, Ronde de Nuit, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1992

The influential photographer, writer, and teacher has passed. More»

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“We Are All the Same”: A Conversation with Josef Koudelka

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What makes an artist? Questions for the great Czech photographer. More»

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Two American Photographers at Home

Wales, boy pushing pram / Bruce Davidson
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos

Two American photographers are united through a new exhibition at the Huntington. More»

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      It’s been 125 years since Van Gogh’s death, today we celebrate his life’s work.


      5 Ways to See Van Gogh’s Irises

      Through observations, visitor conversations, and some sneaky eavesdropping, we’ve compiled the top 5 ways people enjoy this painting.

      1. In a Crowd
        One of the most obvious ways that people see the painting is in a crowd. The gallery is almost always filled, and you might have to wait before you can get up close. The anticipation builds as you start in the back row, and slowly move until you are close enough to see the brushstrokes of Van Gogh’s thick paint.

      2. Online
        David from Colorado said that this was his first visit, but he had already seen the painting online. In addition to being available through the Getty’s Open Content program, the painting is often seen on social media. Just search #irises on Instagram for a taste of the painting’s popularity. 

      3. Alone
        If you arrive right at 10 a.m. when the museum opens, the quiet gallery provides a perfect backdrop to really examine the painting. Solitude and seclusion gives the gallery a sense of intimacy. 

      4. Multiple Times
        Repeat visits can give rise to multiple interpretations. Is it a melancholy or joyous painting? Expressive or depressive? 

      5. Internationally
        Visitors from all across the world viewed this famous Van Gogh. In just one hour you can hear multiple languages—French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, German, and more. Irises seems to rise above cultural boundaries—a Dutch painting inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e prints—to strike an emotional resonance amongst all viewers. 

      What is your favorite lens to view Van Gogh’s work through? 

      07/29/15

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