December 20, 2013 |
A trove of 200,000 photographic items from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation is being donated to five institutions around the world, including the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The collection of photographic material was shot by the late Harry Shunk and Janos Kender, and dates from approximately 1958 to 1973. The two other recipients of the donation are the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Tate in Britain. The Shunk-Kender trove depicts notable artists and other cultural types in the act of creation.
August 13, 2013 |
The Getty is making a wide selection of art-related images in its digital database available for public use and at no cost. The announcement, which was made on Monday, is part of a Getty-wide move toward open content, according to James Cuno, the organization's president and chief executive officer. Images that fall under the new unrestricted-use guidelines either belong to the Getty or are already in the public domain. Previously, the J. Paul Getty Museum made images available upon request and for a fee, with certain restrictions.
June 12, 2013 |
After 20 years at the Getty Research Institute, Wim de Wit, the head of the architecture and contemporary art offerings there and co-curator of the current Pacific Standard Time Presents initiative on modern architecture in Los Angeles, is leaving the institution. De Wit is moving to Stanford University, where he'll be an adjunct curator of architecture and design at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, GRI director Thomas Gaehtgens announced Tuesday.
March 11, 2013 |
Much of the time Los Angeles can feel like a huge, messy jigsaw puzzle, with pieces left out - a city that evolved by accident. Parts of it don't work, parts of it seem newly broken, parts are truly luminous - but hidden - and they all seem to have nothing to do with each other. But Christopher Alexander sees things differently. "There was this desire, this strategy, this intent to have Los Angeles evolve in a manner that was unlike any other city," says one of the curators behind the Getty's new Pacific Standard Time architecture initiative.
February 11, 2013 |
André Breton, the French writer who founded the Surrealist movement in 1924, is widely known to have been a control freak. The so-called Surrealist Pope was happy to anoint and expel followers based on his autocratic judgment of their fealty to what he regarded as the movement's essential principles. What isn't commonly considered is just how conservative Breton was -- odd for a champion of artistic experimentation. But that's one nugget found in "Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico," a small but engaging gem of an exhibition in the gallery of the Getty Research Institute.
January 8, 2013 |
In Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne's full obituary of the pioneering and influential critic Ada Louise Huxtable, he expands upon the news Monday that the Getty Research Institute has acquired her archives. Along with her papers, the Getty will receive those of her husband, industrial designer L. Garth Huxtable, who died in 1989. In addition to the written materials, Huxtable also donated her entire estate to the Getty, including her New York City apartment and a house in Marblehead, Mass.