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Bringing Order to Harald Szeemann’s Unfiled Posters

Three posters from the Harald Szeemann archive
Three posters from Szeemann’s projects: 12 Environments (1968), signed by Christo; Documenta 5 (1972), designed by Edward Ruscha; and The Tendency towards the Gesamtkunstwerk (1983), designed by Markus Raetz. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.30

How do you organize and catalog 1,200 posters? More»

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Multicultural Undergraduate Intern Diary: Kevin Cruz

Getty Intern Kevin Cruz

A summer with the special collections. More»

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Treasures from the Vault: The Research Papers of Elizabeth Roth, Keeper of Prints and Rare Books at the NYPL

Design for Fireworks Display
This print shows the design for a fireworks display that was scheduled to take place on June 22, 1763, near the Place Louis XV in Paris; the event was in celebration of the treaties marking the end of the Seven Years' War. The display features a façade elevated on a rocky island on the Seine and topped with an equestrian statue placed under a slender arch. Palm trees, exotic animals, putti, and allegorical figures appear among the rocks, while spectators are gathered on the shore.

A life’s work devoted to the unique art of festival books. More»

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This Just In: Fantastic Island

Image from Fantastic Island / Patricia Lagarde
© Patricia Lagarde

An old fishing boat inspires a fantastic tale of heroism and disaster. More»

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Treasures from the Vault: The Business Files of Harald Szeemann

Wine box used by Harald Szeemann to file his business papers
Szeemann's handy filing system: wine boxes. Here, Merlot + Marrakech.

Wine, meticulous receipts, and reimagined police tape in the curator’s files. More»

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

Jasper Johns, 1968, Malcolm Lubliner
© Malcolm Lubliner Photograph

Photographic portraits of some of the 20th century’s most notable artists. More»

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Treasures from the Vault: 100,000 Pieces of Ephemera Tell the Story of 20th-Century Art

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A massive collection of 20th-century art ephemera is ready for research. More»

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Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Getty Research Institute to Focus on Architecture and Design

Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the Getty Research Institute

Join us to build a better history of L.A. art through Wikipedia. More»

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This Just In: The Genius of Lithography

The Genius of Lithography / Nicolas Henri Jacob
The Genius of Lithography, 1819, Nicolas Henri Jacob (French, 1781–1871), lithographer. Lithograph, 19.2 x 16.4 cm (sheet 22 x 18.4 cm). Originally published in Alois Senefelder, L'art de la lithographie (Munich, 1819). The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.8

The improbable story of the invention of lithography. More»

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Where Is Yucatan? Julius Shulman at Chichen Itza

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Julius Shulman photographs the Yucatan, mecca for the midcentury consumer. More»

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