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Talking the Global Middle Ages with Curator Bryan Keene

Bryan Keene

Curator Bryan Keene takes questions from inquiring Instagrammers More»

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7 Things to Look for in Paintings of the Last Supper

The Last Supper, about 1525–30, Simon Bening. Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment; 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 83v
The Last Supper, about 1525–30, Simon Bening. Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment; 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig IX 19, fol. 83v

Things to know to decipher the images in one of the most depicted subjects in the history of art More»

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Ansel Adams Captures the Struggle and Beauty of a Japanese-American Internment Camp

Entrance / Adams
Entrance to Manzanar, 1943, Ansel Adams. Gelatin silver print (printed 1984). Private collection; courtesy of Photographic Traveling Exhibitions

Ansel Adams photographs document life at the Manzanar internment camp during World War II. More»

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Why Aren’t People Eating in Medieval Depictions of Feasts?

Temperate and the Intemperate, Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, miniature from Valerius Maximus, The Memorable Deeds and Sayings of the Romans, Bruges, about 1470-80, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 43, recto
Temperate and the Intemperate, Master of the Dresden Prayer Book, miniature from Valerius Maximus, The Memorable Deeds and Sayings of the Romans, Bruges, about 1470-80, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 43, recto

The medieval struggle to resist sin. More»

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A Smartly Costumed Soldier and His Fierce Cat

An Azappo Archer with a Cheetah
An Azappo Archer with a Cheetah, about 1575, Jacopo Ligozzi. Brush, pen and brown ink, tempera colors, and painted gold, 11 1/16 x 8 3/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 91.GG.53

An extraordinary portrait of a Turkish soldier and his feline sidekick. More»

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Celebrating Sugar in “The Edible Monument”

Marcia Reed and Ivan Day
Marcia Reed and Ivan Day installing the sugar sculpture in The Edible Monument

Talking sugar with the chief curator of the Getty Research Institute. More»

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The Weird and Wonderful Edible Monuments of Early Modern Europe

Festa della Porchetta in Bologna / Belmondo

When architecture was made of food. More»

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This Just In: A Sugar Sculpture in Technicolor

Detail of etching of sugar sculpture / Teyler after Lenardi

A fantastic episode from the history of edible propaganda. More»

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17th-Century Print Offers a Field Guide to Laziness and Gluttony

Description of the Land of Cockaigne, Where Whoever Works the Least Earns the Most / Remondini
Description of the Land of Cockaigne, Where Whoever Works the Least Earns the Most, 1606, Remondini family (Bassano). Hand-colored engraving, 16 5/16 x 21 7/8 in. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.72

“Here you only worry about being happy!” More»

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“A Great Passion for Old Stones and Walls”

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Snapshots of Greece’s ancient monuments from an era before photography. More»

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      A Chat with Photographer Tomoko Sawada

      A conversation about Japanese matchmaking traditions, self-portraiture, clothes, and identity.

      When did you start photographing yourself?
      I began making self-portraits when I was 19. It was an assignment for a photography class. I can’t even explain in Japanese why I liked them so much. It was instinctual. It’s as if I knew that this was going to be my style, that this is what I wanted to do. And I’m still doing it because I love the self-portrait, but I don’t know why. 

      What themes are you exploring in your work?
      I’m interested in the relationship between inside and outside. If you wear a sexy dress or if you wear kids clothes or casual clothes, people treat you differently. Even though you are you no matter what you wear. It’s that relationship that makes me think. 

      My new work is from when I was living in New York. When I was in New York, people didn’t think I was Japanese. Sometimes they thought I was Korean or Chines or Mongolian. Even Singaporean. It was funny, when I would go to the Japanese market, they would speak to me in English. When I went to the Korean market, they would speak to me in English again. I don’t seem to look Japanese outside of Japan. I was surprised because I think I look totally Japanese. It’s funny that people’s points of view are totally different.

      Could you talk a little about OMIAI, the series that represents a traditional Japanese matchmaking technique.
      OMIAI is a tradition that is somehow still working today. Usually, there is a matchmaker and photographs are exchanged before meeting. If both sides are interested, they can meet for lunch or dinner accompanied by their parents and steps for marriage proceed from there. In the old days, some people chose their marriage partner just through photographs, without even meeting each other. 

      When OMIAI was exhibited in Japan I saw people making various comments in from of the work. People would say things like, “she looks like a good cook; surely she would prepare delicious meals every day,” or “ this girl could be a perfect bride for my son,” or “I can tell she would not be a good housewife,” or “she’s such a graceful girl; she must be the daughter of a decent family.” Comments like that. 

      What was the process of making that work?
      I gained 10 pounds before I started taking the pictures, and in six months I lost forty pounds, because I wanted to look different in each photo. I wanted to change the way my legs looked. 

      Every weekend I went to the hair salon and put on a kimono. Then I went to the photo studio on the street in Japan. I would take a picture and then change my clothes to western dress. Then I would go to the studio again the next weekend. 

      Did you tell the photographer how you wanted it done?
      I told him I was an artist and wanted to make photographs with him. I told him to think that each weekend new girls would show up to make the OMIAI. I didn’t want him to think of me as the same girl who came every weekend. He understood the concept. 

      We had fun. While he was taking pictures, his wife would tell me how to lose weight. She gave me many tips.


      Tomoko Sawada’s work is on view at the Getty until February 21, 2016 in “The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography”

      02/11/16

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