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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Research Institute, J. Paul Getty Museum, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Physiognomy, The Beautiful Pseudoscience

Untitled / Ken Gonzales-Day

What do the expressions “highbrow” and “lowbrow” have in common with saying a woman has “mousey” features? What does Homer Simpson have to do with photographs of sculpture in profile by contemporary artist Ken Gonzales-Day? All are contemporary manifestations of… More»

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Art and Power

Looking at art in the North Pavilion galleries at the Getty Center

“Focus is power,” said theater director Peter Sellars to a packed crowd at the American Association of Museums annual meeting earlier this year. Artworks can make you recognize things you instinctively knew but weren’t able to articulate. They bring ideas… More»

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      Eid al-Fitr signals the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month where the pillar of fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. In fact, during this “sugar feast,” it is forbidden to fast!

      The Mosque and Madrasa Complex of Sultan Hassan undoubtedly dominated the cityscape of medieval Cairo. What would festivities have looked like back then?

      Kairo, Mosque Sultan Hassan, photolithograph, Photo Zürich, 1906. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      07/28/14

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