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Getty Foundation Awards 14 New Grants for “Keeping It Modern”

The Solar Observatory Einstein Tower on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. Photo: R. Arlt / Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
The Solar Observatory Einstein Tower on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam. Photo: R. Arlt / Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

New grants in the Foundation’s modern architecture initiative will help conserve important buildings around the globe. More»

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12 Things You Didn’t Know about Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

Hollyhock House exterior. Photo: jwpictures.com
Hollyhock House exterior. Photo: jwpictures.com

Must-know facts about the recently restored L.A. landmark. More»

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HistoricPlacesLA Catalogues Over 25,000 of L.A.’s Most Significant Buildings and Sites

North Broadway-Buena Vista Street Bridge
North Broadway-Buena Vista Street Bridge

Explore Los Angeles history online with HistoricPlacesLA. 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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Are We Living in a Barrier-Industrial Complex?

Gilo #1 / Miki Kratsman
Courtesy of and © Miki Kratsman

The art and politics of border walls. More»

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Honoring the Legacy of Ladislav Sutnar

Inside the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art
Touring the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art with its dean (center). I am at far right with Steven Heller.

A giant of graphic design is remembered again. More»

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Getty Foundation Announces “Keeping It Modern”

Keeping it Modern / A Getty Foundation initiative to conserve 20th-century architecture

A new initiative focuses on advancing the conservation of modern architecture. More»

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Planning for Utopia

August 9, 1974 (Washington, D.C.)
August 9, 1974 (Washington, D.C.)

Photographs and Memories Reveal the Darker Side of a Symbol of Postwar Suburban Order. More»

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Designing Heaven And Earth

Galleries of Heaven and Earth at the Getty Villa
Icons glow against "Raspberry Truffle" walls.

Behind the scenes with the design of an exhibition of Byzantine treasures. More»

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The Fiery Career of Architecture Critic Ada Louise Huxtable

Ada Louise Huxtable with Richard Meier in 1996
Photo: Vladimir Lange

“I wanted her attention, but I was scared of it…She was tough, but her words were beautiful.” More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: July 31

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This small panel by Dutch master Gerrit Dou (photographed only in black and white) is now in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. It was sold to American collector Robert Sterling Clark, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, in the summer of 1922.

      How do we know this? Archival sleuthing! A peek into the handwritten stock books of M. Knoedler & Co. (book 7, page 10, row 40, to be exact) records the Dou in “July 1922” (right page, margin). Turning to the sales books, which lists dates and prices, we again find the painting under the heading “New York July 1922,” with its inventory number 14892. A tiny “31” in superscript above Clark’s name indicates the date the sale was recorded.

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art, selling European paintings to collectors whose collections formed the genesis of great U.S. museums. The Knoedler stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Girl at a Window, 1623–75, Gerrit Dou. Oil on panel, 10 9/16 x 7 ½ in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts


      #ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into #onthisday provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archives at the Getty Research Institute.

      07/31/15

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