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Treasures from the Vault: The Ada Louise Huxtable Archive

Portrait of Ada Louise Huxtable, 1970s
Photograph by L. Garth Huxtable

Inside the archive of one of the greatest 20th-century writers on architecture. More»

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10 Features of L.A.’s Union Station Not to Miss

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The top ten hidden design gems of L.A.’s Union Station. More»

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Connecting Seas: The Getty Research Institute in Manila

Exterior of San Sebastian Church. Completed in 1891, this neo-Gothic all-steel church, the only one of its kind in Asia, is made of pre-fabricated steel elements fabricated in Belgium. Photo: Jaime S. Martinez
Exterior of San Sebastian Church. Completed in 1891, this neo-Gothic all-steel church, the only one of its kind in Asia, is made of pre-fabricated steel elements fabricated in Belgium. Photo: Jaime S. Martinez

“For all of us, the trip was revelatory on many levels.” More»

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Which Artist Would You Recommend to a Space Alien?

Malin House ("Chemosphere") / John Lautner
Malin House ("Chemosphere"), 1960, designed by John Lautner. Photo by Julius Shulman, 1961. Julius Shulman Photography Archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10

A beginner’s guide to the human mind and heart. More»

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Architecture as Art in Culver City

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“Public art can contribute to defining a city’s identity and to unifying its vision,” and buildings contribute to this identity too! More»

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Dynamic L.A.: Images from the Julius Shulman Photography Archive Now Available

Julius Shulman photographing Case Study House no. 22, West Hollywood, 1960
Julius Shulman photographing Case Study House no. 22, West Hollywood, 1960. Julius Shulman photography archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10

6,500 newly digitized images depict the development of Los Angeles architecture across decades. More»

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Getty Voices: From Paint to Pixels

Four color spheres
In Philipp Otto Runge, Farben-Kugel (Hamburg, 1810), plate opposite p. 15 Hand-colored etchings 85-B14217 Research Library, The Getty Research Institute

How do you transform a 19th-century watercolor into a digital logo? More»

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What’s in a Wood? How Science Helps to Reveal the Eames’ Vision

The living room in the Eames House after conservation and reinstallation
The living room in the Eames House after conservation and reinstallation of the collection. The floor-to-ceiling wall of beautiful golden wood serves as the stunning backdrop for the room. Getty Conservation Institute

Conservators make an intriguing finding about the wood in the Eames House. More»

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Conserving Architectural Models: Behind the Scenes in the Research Institute Conservation Lab

Tom Learner and Juliane Wattig, working on an architectural model
Photo: Scott S. Warren

How are architectural models conserved? A look at the field, and two displayed in “Overdrive.” More»

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Do Androids Dream of Electric L.A.?

Do Androids Dream of Electric L.A.?
Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in Blade Runner, 1982. Courtesy of and © The Blade Runner Partnership | © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

As some parts of the world approach the dystopian, cyberpunk 2019 Los Angeles depicted in Blade Runner, the film’s relation to architecture and environment is worth another look. 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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