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Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography

Spin (C-824) / Marco Breuer

Seven photographers revel in process, experiment, chance, and the happy mistake. More»

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This Is How Fun Looked in the 1850s

The Billiard Room, Mentmore House / Roger Fenton
The Billiard Room, Mentmore House, about 1858, Roger Fenton. Albumen silver print, 11 15/16 x 12 1/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001.27

There’s more to this game of billiards than meets the eye. More»

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Gregory Markopoulos’s Film “Galaxie” Screens at the Getty

Still of Jasper Johns from Galaxie, Gregory R. Markopoulos
Still of Jasper Johns from Galaxie, Gregory R. Markopoulos (1966, 16mm)

Free screening of a landmark film from the famously elusive director. More»

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Coming in 2016: Robert Mapplethorpe

Thomas / Mapplethorpe
Jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by The David Geffen Foundation and The J. Paul Getty Trust. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.7.31. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

A major retrospective of the artist’s work is coming in March 2016. More»

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This Just In: The Shunk-Kender Archive

Harry Shunk (left) and Janos Kender in 1961
Harry Shunk (left) and János Kender in 1961 at a dinner for artist Lucio Fontana at La Coupole in Montparnasse, Paris. Photo: Shunk-Kender. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.R.20

The 20th-century art scene, told in photographs. More»

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By Paddleboat, By Inner Tube, By Car

July 4, 2013. Images by Terry Evans, courtesy of Amon Carter Museum
July 4, 2013. Images by Terry Evans, courtesy of Amon Carter Museum

An ever-changing relationship between a community and a river. More»

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Glamour in Old Beijing

Young Pioneer with the Three Gorges, 2008
Copyright Chen Man. Courtesy of L.A. Louver
Young Pioneer with the Three Gorges, 2008 Copyright Chen Man. Courtesy of L.A. Louver

“All reality is a phantom, all phantoms are real.” More»

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Experimental Music Built on Provocative Films

Body/Head
Photo: Adela Loconte

Body/Head combines improvised music with films that explore deep sexual and psychological themes. 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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Larry Sultan’s Visions of Suburbia

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On Larry Sultan, intimacy, and photography. More»

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      Olympian Census #4: Aphrodite

      Get the stats on your favorite (and not-so-favorite) gods and goddesses on view at the Getty Center.

      Roman name: Venus

      Employment: Goddess of Love and Beauty

      Place of residence: Mount Olympus

      Parents: Born out of sea foam formed when Uranus’s castrated genitals were thrown into the ocean

      Marital status: Married to Hephaestus, the God of Blacksmiths, but had many lovers, both immortal and mortal

      Offspring: Aeneas, Cupid, Eros, Harmonia, Hermaphroditos, and more

      Symbol: Dove, swan, and roses

      Special talent: Being beautiful and sexy could never have been easier for this Greek goddess

      Highlights reel:

      • Zeus knew she was trouble when she walked in (Sorry, Taylor Swift) to Mount Olympus for the first time. So Zeus married Aphrodite to his son Hephaestus (Vulcan), forming the perfect “Beauty and the Beast” couple.
      • When Aphrodite and Persephone, the queen of the underworld, both fell in love with the beautiful mortal boy Adonis, Zeus gave Adonis the choice to live with one goddess for 1/3 of the year and the other for 2/3. Adonis chose to live with Aphrodite longer, only to die young.
      • Aphrodite offered Helen, the most beautiful mortal woman, to Paris, a Trojan prince, to win the Golden Apple from him over Hera and Athena. She just conveniently forgot the fact that Helen was already married. Oops. Hello, Trojan War!

      Olympian Census is a 12-part series profiling gods in art at the Getty Center.

      08/03/15

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