Getty Research Institute


Selected Special Collections Acquisitions made between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014

Archives and Manuscripts

  • Claire Copley Gallery records, 1968–2011
    This Los Angeles gallery launched the twenty artists who are now considered pioneers of conceptual art.
  • Jay DeFeo (American, 1929–1989)
    Mail art to Clinton Hill, 1954–1963
    These four pieces document the early friendship between the artists and are rare examples of DeFeo’s work in the genre.
    Partial gift of the Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Trust
  • Frederick Hammersley (American, 1919–2009)
    Frederick Hammersley sketchbooks, prints, notes, and working materials, ca. 1949–2008
    Working materials document the artistic process of one of the leading hard-edge abstractionists who came to prominence in Los Angeles in the 1950s and '60s.
    Donated by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation
  • Scale model of the exhibition Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form, 2012
    The model depicting Harald Szeemann’s 1969 exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern, Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form, was commissioned for the Wattis Institute’s 2012 exhibition When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes.
    Gift of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
  • John Lautner (American, 1911–1994)
    John Lautner travel slides, 1960
    This collection of about three thousand slides, taken by the architect during his extensive world travels, represents a visual record equivalent to sketchbooks, commonly used by architects to record their notes.
  • René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967)
    René Magritte letters to Alexander Iolas, 1954–1962
    These nine letters, previously unknown and unpublished, were sent by the surrealist painter to the art dealer Iolas in New York, detailing their financial arrangements and their close interaction on the marketing and sale of Magritte’s art.
  • Robert R. McElroy (American, 1928–2012)
    Robert McElroy photographic archive, ca. 1959–1965
    McElroy was known as the primary photographer of Happenings in New York between 1959 and 1965, before shifting his career focus to become staff photographer at Newsweek in the early 1960s. The collection contains some of the best-known images of Happenings as well as thousands of unpublished images.
    Partial donation of Evelyn McElroy
  • Cindy Nemser (American, b. 1937)
    Cindy Nemser papers, 1969–1998 (bulk 1969–1977)
    Consisting primarily of audio recordings, correspondence, and writings, the archive documents the activities of a key feminist critic and her exchanges with artists, scholars, and other critics in the 1970s.
  • The Tania Norris Collection of Rare Botanical Books
    The collection of forty-one illustrated early books provides unparalleled insight into the impact of natural science on visual arts in Europe from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century.
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    Gift of Tania Norris
  • Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (English, 1902–1983)
    Diaries, 1916–1922
    Dating from his teen years to the time of his marriage in 1922, these highly personal handwritten diaries offer a unique glimpse into the architectural historian’s formative years. The diaries are an addition to the Nikolaus Pevsner papers already in the Research Institute’s collections.
    Gift of the family of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner
  • Yvonne Rainer (American, b. 1934)
    Partial score for Parts of Some Sextets, 1965
    This score for the dance piece Parts of Some Sextets by dancer and choreographer Yvonne Rainer is a key example of her minimalist work of the 1960s.
    Gift of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
  • Barbara T. Smith (American, b. 1931)
    Barbara T. Smith papers, ca. 1935–2013
    One of the most influential figures in the history of performance and feminist art, Smith’s archive offers an exceptionally rich resource on this Los Angeles artist’s highly personal artistic practice.
  • Willibald Sauerländer (German, b. 1924)
    Willibald Sauerländer papers, 1947–2011
    This portion of Sauerländer’s scholarly archive includes research files, class and public lectures, drafts of publications, unpublished manuscripts, and his correspondence with colleagues around the world.

Prints and Drawings

  • Robert van Audenaerde (1663–1743)
    C. Iulii Caesaris dictatoris triumphi (Triumphs of Caesar), 1692
    Published in Rome in 1692 and dedicated to Cardinal Bandino Panciatici, this complete set of plates reproduces Andrea Mantegna’s famous painted Triumphs of Caesar cycle, which is in the Royal Collection at Hampton Court Palace in London.
  • Antonio Cattani (Italian, act. 1770s–1780s) after Ercole Lelli (Italian, 1702–1766)
    Three life-size écorché engravings, 1780–1781
    These extremely rare, monumental anatomical engravings are based on Ercole Lelli’s wood sculptures that are still displayed at the medical school of the University of Bologna.
    2014.PR.17**, 2014.PR.18**, 2014.PR.19**
  • Arnault-Éloi Gautier-Dagoty [Gautier D’Agoty] (French, 1741–1780/83)
    Cours complet d’anatomie (Complete course on anatomy), 1773
    This suite of fifteen mezzotints depicting anatomical studies was produced using a four-color printing technique pioneered by the artist’s father, Jacques-Fabien Gautier-Dagoty.
  • Henri Charles Guérard (French, 1846–1897)
    Les cocottes de la mort (Prostitutes of death), 1875
    The only known second state of this rare and enigmatic still life alludes to prostitutes through its depiction of a skull surrounded by a group of origami figures.
  • Stephan von Huene (American, 1932–2000)
    Untitled (K’NAF), 1970
    Untitled (EN TRE), 1971
    Untitled (FEX), 1972
    These three prints exemplify the California output of an artist who was born in Los Angeles and based there until the 1970s.
    2013.PR.67**, 2013.PR.68**, 2013.PR.69**
    Gift of Dr. Petra Kipphoff von Huene
  • C. Jacquinet (French)
    Plusieurs models des plus nouuelles manieres qui sont en usage en l’art d’arquebuzerie . . . (Several models of the most recent styles in use for the art of firearms . . .), after 1660
    Comprising the designs of Louis XIV’s gunsmiths, Thuraine the Elder and Le Hollandois (Adrien Reynier), the book’s sixteen engraved sheets detail everything from the gun workshop (arquebuserie) layout and mechanical explanations of internal gun components to examples of ornamental designs for the guns’ exterior surfaces.
  • King Lewis’ Canal, ca. 1846
    Presenting a perspective view of the canal designed by King Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786–1868), this rare paper diorama from about 1840 commemorates the much-heralded construction of the canal from 1836 to 1846, a project carried out by Baron Heinrich von Pechmann at Ludwig’s command.
  • Solomon Caesar Malan (English, 1812–1894)
    Solomon Caesar Malan albums of drawings, ca. 1835–1853
    A prolific scholar and draftsman, Malan traveled widely and was a professor of Classics at Bishop’s College in Calcutta. These six albums contain 764 drawings and watercolors documenting landscapes, ruins, and sites in Egypt, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, and Turkey.
  • Francesco Piranesi (Italian, 1758–1810)
    Fête donnée par le Général Berthier, Ministre de la Guerre, à l’occasion de la Paix entre la République française, l’Empereur et le Corps Germanique, dans son Hôtel et dans ses jardins (Festival given for General Berthier, Minister of War, on the occasion of Peace between the French Republic, the Emperor and the German people, in his home and gardens), ca. 1801
    These two hand-colored etchings depict the 1802 festival given for Louis Alexandre Berthier, minister of war under Napoleon, in his Parisian home and gardens to celebrate the establishment of peace between the French Republic, the Emperor, and the German people.
  • Allen Ruppersberg, (American, b. 1944)
    The Top Ten Historical Similarities (and Differences) between Prints and Photographs, 2012
    Ten lithographs illustrate the reproductive arts of printmaking and photography by means of image and text.
  • Group of 34 prints, 1774–1970
    This donation includes etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts by Honore Daumier, Oskar Kokoschka, Lee Mullican, James Rosenquist, and Edouard Vuillard.
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    Donated by Meredith A. Palmer and William A. Palmer

Rare Books and Serials

  • Guillaume Apollinaire (French, 1880–1918)
    La Poète Assasiné (The assassinated poet) (Paris, 1916)
    This collection of stories features a portrait of the author by André Rouveyre on the frontispiece and an illustrated cover with an original drawing in two colors by Leonetto Capiello.
  • Guillaume Apollinaire (French, 1880–1918)
    Vitam Impendere Amori (To threaten life for love) (Paris, 1917)
    The author’s proof of this original edition with six poems by Apollinaire features illustrations by André Rouveyre.
  • Tristan Tzara (Romanian/French, 1896–1963)
    Cinéma calendrier du coeur abstrait; Maisons (Calendar cinema of the abstract heart; Houses) (Paris, 1920)
    This book features woodcuts by Jan Arp and a signed note to Louis Broder, a friend of the surrealists.
  • Abstrakt Konkret. Bulletin der Galerie des Eaux-Vives, Nos. 1–12 (Zürich, 1944–1945)
    This complete set of the monthly bulletin with signed illustrations and important texts by Swiss artists provides crucial documentation of the beginnings of the Concrete Art movement in Europe.
  • Andrea Bowers, (American, b. 1965)
    Labor Is Entitled to All It Creates (Los Angeles, 2012)
    This artist’s book comprises an archive of all obtainable fliers and printed ephemera produced by nonprofit labor rights organizations in Los Angeles County. These ephemera are grouped into thematic sections divided by brightly colored Colby poster stock that features calligraphy by the artist.
  • Pierre Blancard (French, 1741–1826)
    Manuel du commerce des Indes orientales et de la Chine (Trade manual of East India and China) (Paris, 1806)
    Blancard’s manual became an invaluable guide for commercial dealings with the Far East, including Chinese trade objects such as porcelain and lacquer.
  • Heinrich Bünting (German, 1545–1606)
    Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae (Itinerary of the Holy Scripture) (Magdeburg, 1597) bound with Zacharias Rivander, Fest-Chronica (Calendar of Festivals)(Leipzig, 1591)
    This travel narrative through biblical geography by the Protestant theologian Heinrich Bünting contains two full-page woodcut maps of the Holy Land and another nine double-page maps. Its allegorical map of the world in the shape of a three-leaf clover, with Jerusalem at the center, visually asserts the position of the Holy Land at the center of the world.
  • Denis Dodart (1634–1707)
    Mémoires pour servir à l’Histoire des Plantes (Memoirs which can serve as a history of plants) (Paris, 1676) [colophon: 1675]
    This large illustrated folio outlines the natural historical research plans of the burgeoning French Academy and includes thirty-nine engravings by Nicolas Robert and Abraham Bosse.
    Gift of Tania Norris
  • Das Interieur: Wiener Monatshefte für Angewandte Kunst (Vienna, 1900–1913)
    This extremely rare, nearly complete issue set of the journal Das Interieur promotes the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) aesthetic in central European architecture, furniture, and interior design.
  • Nachrichten der Deutsche Linoleum-Werke A.–G. (Newsletters of the German Linoleum Works industry) (Bietigheim, 1927–1986)
    This complete set of sixty-six issues of a journal on German linoleum documents the re-emergence of the German contribution to the decorative arts industry.
  • Johann Joachim Prack von Asch
    Album Amicorum (Book of friends) (Constantinople, 1587–1612)
    This “friendship book” contains entries mainly penned in Istanbul or in neighboring Bohemian regions traversed by Prack during his diplomatic travels.
  • Alexis Smith (American, b. 1949)
    Three artist’s books, ca. 1968–1971
    Executed early in the career of vanguard feminist conceptual artist Alexis Smith, these three untitled unique artist’s books display her engagement with book forms and the allusions to popular culture that have characterized her practice.
    N7433.4.S642 A38 1968, N7433.4.S642 V61 1971, N7433.4.S642 U612 1971
  • Barbara T. Smith (American, b. 1931)
    Barbara T. Smith Coffin series and related material, 1965–1967
    A unique set of twenty-five hand-bound artist’s books and working materials documents Smith’s experiments with an early Xerox 914 copy machine to produce a variety of both abstract and figurative imagery.
  • Salomon Trismosin (fl. 1473)
    Aureum vellus . . . (The golden fleece . . .) (Rorschach, 1598–1599)
    The only known complete copy in the United States in contemporary hand-coloring of the first edition of the Aureum vellus. Trismosin claimed to be the teacher of Paracelsus, the “father” of modern pharmaceutical medicine.
    Gift of the GRI Council

Rare Photographs

  • Lewis Baltz (American, b. 1945)
    Lewis Baltz archive, 1968–2013
    The collection includes an almost complete series of negatives with printing notes, contact sheets, over 225 proof prints, 38 duplicate final prints, videocassettes, hundreds of installation views, and ephemera, in addition to publications by and about the artist.
    Gift of Lewis Baltz and Slavika Perkovic
  • Désiré Charnay (French, 1828–1915)
    Ruines américaines (Paris, 1862), photographed 1858–1860
    Forty-five albumen prints of Chichen, Itza, Izamal, Mitla, Palenque, and Uxmal record these Mayan sites as they looked in the mid-nineteenth century and represent some of the earliest extensive photographic documentation of pre-Columbian architecture.
  • Edward Ranney (American, b. 1942)
    Ancient Peruvian sites, 1985–2009
    Internationally recognized landscape photographer Edward Ranney has documented the sacred sites of ancient American peoples in Peru since his first visit to that country in 1964 to 1965, exemplified by these fourteen toned gelatin-silver prints.
  • 下鄉羊雄 Yoshio Shimozato (Japanese, 1907–1981)
    メセム属 : 超現実主義写真集, Mesemu Zoku: Chōgenjitsu shugi Shashinshū (Genus Mesemb.: surrealist photography collection) (Nagoya, 1940)
    This extremely rare book of photographs by Shimozato and other artists of the Nagoya Photo Avant-Garde group is one of the masterpieces of Japanese modernist photography, one of the last to be published on the eve of the Second World War.
    N7433.4.S5555 M57 1940
  • Wegner & Mottu
    Internationale tentoonstelling Amsterdam (15 Julij–18 October 1869)
    (International Exhibition Amsterdam July 15–October 18, 1869), 1869
    This portfolio of ninety-seven loose albumen photographs was taken by the Dutch studio Wegner & Mottu to document the “International Exhibition of Objects for the Artisan’s Household and Workshop.”