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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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Lifted Cellulose Nitrate: Conserving an Early Robert Mapplethorpe Object

Untitled box / Robert Mapplethorpe
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

A conservator’s view of a complex and unusual object by Robert Mapplethorpe. More»

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Posted in Conservation, Getty Conservation Institute, Paintings, Research

The Value of Record Keeping: Frederick Hammersley’s Painting Books

Frederick Hammersley's paints and studio tools / Albuquerque, New Mexico
Frederick Hammersley's paints and studio tools as left on his painting table at his home studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The artist’s remarkably detailed records offer a huge boon to conservation science. More»

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Treasures from the Vault: Beatrice Monti della Corte and the Americans

Beatrice Monti della Corte (detail) / Alexander Liberman
Beatrice Monti della Corte (detail), 1962, Alexander Liberman. The Getty Research Institute, 2000.R.19

The glamorous owner of the Galleria dell’Ariete in Milan was key to the careers of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, among many others. More»

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Posted in Art, Paintings, Voices

Getty Voices: The Forgotten Surrealist

Wolfgang Paalen with his portrait of Andre Breton
Courtesy Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City

“A feeling of surprise, even disbelief, that someone so unique could have remained unknown to us for so long.” More»

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The “Scandalous Life” of César Moro

Photograph of César Moro buried up to his head in sand
Photograph of César Moro buried up to his head in sand, ca. 1935, unknown photographer. César Moro papers. The Getty Research Institute, 980029, box 1, folder 20

Peruvian poet César Moro has received relatively little notice in American scholarship. His poetry, artwork, and activities within and without the surrealist movement in Paris, Mexico City, and Lima remain little examined. But the Getty Research Institute exhibition Farewell to… More»

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Vitaly Komar: Exploring the Lines Between Us

Where is the Line Between Us?, Komad and Melamid, and Douglas Davis

Komar and Melamid created canvases to represent the most wanted (and unwanted) visual imagery for different countries. The results were telling, and hilarious. More»

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute

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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The Ordinary Becomes Mystical: A Conversation with Betye Saar

Betye Saar at the Getty Center, November 16, 2011

On a Sunday, you might find artist Betye Saar at the Pasadena College flea market, scouting for treasures. The energetic 85-year-old is still an active hunter of offbeat and unusual objects, which she combines into sculptures filled with personal, spiritual,… More»

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Treasures from the Vault: Artwork by Richard Tuttle Discovered in the Archive of Galerie Schmela

Detail of calligraphy in a letter from Richard Tuttle to Alfred Schmela, 1968

As I was recently working on the archive of  the German art dealer Alfred Schmela, I discovered an unusual  mailing  sent by American postminimalist artist Richard Tuttle. Addressed to Alfred Schmela and his wife Monika in Düsseldorf, Germany, it was… More»

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