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“The Everlasting Cycle of Becoming and Fading”: Thomas W. Gaehtgens on Philipp Otto Runge’s “Times of Day”

Detail of Night from the Times of Day suite / Philipp Otto Runge

“Runge’s prints represent far more than merely the times of day. The cycle of the day represents in fact the cycle of life.” More»

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Philipp Otto Runge’s “Times of Day,” A Monument of German Romantic Art

Detail of the female figure in Evening from the Times of Day suite / Philipp Otto Runge

This remarkable four-print series depicts the coming and departing of light, which points to the cycles of life from conception to death. More»

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Harry Smith’s Archives and Collections Now at the Getty Research Institute

Harry Smith at Allen Ginsberg's Kitchen Table, New York City, 16 June 1988 / Allen Ginsberg
© Allen Ginsberg LLC

Best known for his experimental films and his anthology of American folk music, Harry Smith was a fascinating multidisciplinary artist and avid collector. More»

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David Goldblatt’s Photographs of South Africa Join the Getty Museum’s Collection

David Goldblatt (South African, born 1930), Young Men with dompas, White City, Jabavu, Soweto, November 1972, Gelatin silver print, 22.9 x 22.9 cm (9 x 9 in.), The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, © David Goldblatt
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © David Goldblatt

Candid photographs of racially divided neighborhoods and cities during apartheid join the collection. More»

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Beware Cupid’s Arrow! French Print Reveals Dangers of Romantic Mix-Ups

Detail of the Exchange of Arrows Between Death and Cupid / Pierre Landry
Unlikely.

It could happen to you: comic mix-ups, near-death encounters, and other tales of accursed romance from French prints at the Getty Research Institute. More»

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Rare Chinese Battle Prints Come to the Getty Research Institute

Detail of Chinese emperor Qianlong in Pictures of the Campaigns against the Gurkhas / Chinese
Detail of Chinese emperor Qianlong being carried in triumph from the plate above

These amazingly detailed prints depict the successful military campaign of the Qianlong Emperor against Nepalese warriors. More»

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Curators Talk Mapplethorpe at the Getty and LACMA

Self-Portrait, 1980 / Robert Mapplethorpe
Self-Portrait, negative, 1980; print, 1990, Robert Mapplethorpe. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 14 in. Jointly acquired by The J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; partial purchase with funds provided by The J. Paul Getty Trust and The David Geffen Foundation. 2011.9.21. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Last year the Getty and LACMA jointly acquired the art and archives of Robert Mapplethorpe, including more than 2,000 works of art as well extensive documentation of this important artist’s celebrated career and working methods. Now both museums are presenting… More»

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Fragonard’s “Les Beignets”: How Much Sweeter Can Life Be?

Making Fritters (Les Beignets) / Jean-Honore Fragonard

In this time of uncertainty, art can bring pleasure to the eye, nourishment to the mind, and also solace to the heart. A work that does just this is Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Making Fritters (Les Beignets), an enchanting drawing from about… More»

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The Italian Comedians Go on View in Elegant Company

The Italian Comedians / Antoine Watteau

The Getty Museum’s most recent painting acquisition, Jean-Antoine Watteau’s The Italian Comedians, is now on view at the Getty Center. It’s installed in Gallery S202 with an array of other 18th-century paintings in the collection, including one by Nicolas Lancret…. More»

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Watteau’s Serious Clown Comes to the Getty

The Italian Comedians in a Park / Antoine Watteau

Antoine Watteau is famous for his theatrical pictures of the 18th-century French megarich at their elegant balls and fêtes galantes. Theater of a different kind figures in The Italian Comedians, a beautiful and poignant painting that has just joined the… More»

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