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Cooking with Artists

Cover of Artists' Cookbook / Museum of Modern Art
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A 1977 MoMA cookbook pairs modern art and cuisine. More»

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Your Questions about the Getty Gardens, Answered

Brian Houck

Our garden expert tells all. More»

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The Inside Scoop on the Getty’s Spring Garden

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“Any plant can find its moment in the Central Garden.” More»

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Getty Salad Garden: Julian Hoeber

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Julian Hoeber on the reality and mythology of being an artist. More»

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Getty Salad Garden: Michael Parker

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On bowls as sculpture, the beauty of ugly fruit, and performance art. More»

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Getty Salad Garden: Robert Irwin

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Artist Robert Irwin shares his thoughts on creating art, gardens, and salads. More»

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Crop Selection for the Getty Salad Garden

Amaranth in the Getty Salad Garden
Amaranth in the Getty Salad Garden. Photo: Abby Han

How did the Getty decide to grow unique vegetables like mizuna mustard and amaranth? More»

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The Personalities of Salad Greens, Captured in Watercolors

Watercolor of flame lettuce and dragon's tongue arugula

“At different times of day you can see hues of red, purple, yellowish green, and an occasional pop of orange.” More»

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Scent, Spice, Salve at the Getty Villa

Artist Becca Lofchie
Artist Becca Lofchie in the Getty Villa’s Outer Peristyle

Ancient herbs in 21st-century life. More»

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Getty Gardens: Brown Is the New Green

Green and brown flowers and rocks in the Getty's Central Garden

To adapt to the California drought, the Getty gardens team embraces the brown. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      05/03/16

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