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Treasures from the Vault: Needlework Pattern Books

Pattern books from the GRI's collection in a display case, summer 2012

Copies of pattern, model, and sample books for needlework are among the rarest of early modern printed books to survive intact. The reason is simple: virtually all such books were considered “working copies,” and leaves were torn out to be… More»

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Sears: Can an American Institution Return to Its Design Roots?

Design for Drip Coffee Maker / Karl Schneider

Some time ago, I saw a headline in the Wall Street Journal that read “In Retreat, Sears Set to Unload Stores.” It seems that Sears is cash strapped and needs to raise over $700 million, so selling its stores is… More»

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Treasures from the Vault: Luigi Salerno and the Art of Attribution

Natura morta di cucina (Kitchen Still Life) / Cristoforo Munari

The letter pictured here exemplifies the assiduous and learned work of Italian art historian Luigi Salerno (1924–1992), whose archive is now available to researchers. The Luigi Salerno research papers are comprised of research notes, an extensive photographs archive, and correspondence that… More»

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Culture for Your iPad: Wallpapers from the Getty Research Institute’s Print Collection

Detail from Portrait of Edouard Dagoty, Inventor of Color Printing / Carlo Lasinio

A sampling of the 27,000 prints held in the Research Institute’s special collections went on view this Saturday in the new exhibition The Getty Research Institute: Recent Print Acquisitions. It features selections from four centuries of printmaking, from a rare… More»

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Treasures from the Vault: The Carlhian Records

Maison Carlhian, Paris, warehouse with stock of plaster casts and boiserie, 1919

The Getty Research Institute is pleased to announce that the Carlhian records are now available for research. This archive enhances the Research Institute’s holdings in the history of decorative arts. Based in Paris, the Carlhian firm acquired and produced furniture, boiseries or… More»

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Happy 100th Birthday, John Lautner!

John Lautner, 1970. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10

The Los Angeles City Council will vote Friday to declare July 16th “John Lautner Day.” This Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of John Lautner (1911–1994), who is considered one of the most visionary architects of the 20th century,… More»

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Treasures from the Vault: Italian Artists’ Books

Books by Maurizio Nannucci. Top: Medium is word, 1975. Keleidoscope in a wooden box with a sliding top, 32 x 8 cm. Bottom: Museum of Modern Art, no. 15/30, 1983. Keychain inside a wooden box featuring a floor plan for a "Museum of Modern Art.” 7.3 x 10.8 cm. The Getty Research Institute, 890164, box 201 © Maurizio Nannucci
Books by Maurizio Nannucci. Top: Medium is word, 1975. Keleidoscope in a wooden box with a sliding top, 32 x 8 cm. Bottom: Museum of Modern Art, no. 15/30, 1983. Keychain inside a wooden box featuring a floor plan for a "Museum of Modern Art.” 7.3 x 10.8 cm. The Getty Research Institute, 890164, box 201 © Maurizio Nannucci
Saturday is the final day for the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s exhibition Libro/Oggetto: Italian Artists’ Books, 1960s–Now, a look at Italian artists’ books from the main art movements and trends of the second half of the 20th century. It... More»
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Career Profile: Albrecht Gumlich, Objects Conservator

Albrecht Gumlich, objects conservator at the Getty Research Institute
What do you do at the Getty? I'm an objects conservator at the Getty Research Institute. The GRI houses a vast research library, with all sort of material relating to art history. Our special collections contain photographs, prints and drawings,... More»
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Explore New Features and Tools on the Getty Research Institute’s Website

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Eighteen months ago we at the Getty Research Institute decided to give our website a complete overhaul. A small group formed and spent the first three months looking through hundreds and hundreds of pages on our site. We talked, and... More»
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Remembering Count Panza, Pioneering Art Collector

Panza Archive at the Getty Research Institute
On April 24, Italian businessman and eminent contemporary art collector Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, whose papers are held at the Getty Research Institute (GRI), passed away at the age of 87 in Milan, Italy. The first European collector of... More»
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