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Cooking with Artists

Cover of Artists' Cookbook / Museum of Modern Art
© 1977 The Museum of Modern Art

A 1977 MoMA cookbook pairs modern art and cuisine. More»

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The Most Influential Southern Art School You Never Heard Of

Black Mountain, Lake Eden / Joseph Fiore
Image courtesy of Asheville Art Museum, Black Mountain College Collection.

At Black Mountain College, avant-garde artists taught students to teach themselves More»

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The Guggenheim and I Are Spirals in a World of Squares

The Guggenheim
The Guggenheim. Photo: David Heald, Copyright The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

The Guggenheim’s divine influence in one writer’s life. More»

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Posted in Art & Archives, Conservation, Getty Conservation Institute, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Outdoor Sculpture at Long Beach Campus Gets a Fresh Look

Duet after repainting. Courtesy University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
Duet after repainting. Courtesy University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach

CSU Long Beach’s remarkable outdoor sculpture collection is being newly conserved More»

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Studying Picasso’s “Woman”

Studying Picasso's Femme at the Getty
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

A close look at Picasso’s paints. 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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The Radical Artistic Vision of Manet’s “Jeanne (Spring)”

Spring as installed at the Getty Museum / Edouard Manet
Jeanne (Spring), 1881, Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas, 29 1/8 x 20 ¼ in. The J. Paul Getty Museum

This beautiful painting contains the germ of modern art as we know it. More»

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Garry Winogrand’s Scenes of Ebulliance, and Unease

Coney Island, New York. c. 1952. Gelatin silver print, 8 11/16 x 12 15/16" (22 x 33 cm). Purchase and gift of Barbara Schwartz in memory of Eugene M. Schwartz. Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery
Coney Island, New York. c. 1952. Gelatin silver print, 8 11/16 x 12 15/16" (22 x 33 cm). Purchase and gift of Barbara Schwartz in memory of Eugene M. Schwartz. Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery

A retrospective now at the Met captures America’s postwar “out-of-control-ness” More»

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Transformed by Minor White

Vicinity of Naples, New York / Minor White
The Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum, bequest of Minor White (MWA 55-48). © Trustees of Princeton University

“Two of Minor White’s images helped me to survive.” More»

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Who Was James Ensor?

The Skeleton Painter / James Ensor
Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels. Image © Lukas-Art in Flanders vzw, photo Hugo Maertens

Belgium’s most eccentric, scandalous, and shocking painter is the focus of an exhibition at the Getty Center this summer. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      05/03/16

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