Art & Archives

Perspectives on art and art history, from classical art to contemporary architecture.

A View of J. Paul Getty
Portrait of J. Paul Getty, about 1970, Robert Oliver Skemp. Oil on canvas, 90.5 x 82.9 cm (35 5/8 × 32 5/8 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.96. ©Estate of Robert Oliver Skemp.

A View of J. Paul Getty

What we learned after researching portraits of the collector and businessman.

When Art Is Alive, How Do You Conserve It?
The Theater of Disappearance, Adrián Villar Rojas, 2017. Installation view, the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris / London; kurimanzutto, Mexico City/ New York and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Photo: Studio Michel Zabé

When Art Is Alive, How Do You Conserve It?

From exploding sardine cans to rotting vegetables, living matter raises ethical and pragmatic questions for museums.