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April 2013

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In This Issue:

Overdrive
Japan's Modern Divide
Sicily
Ed Ruscha and Some Los Angeles Apartments

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Overdrive
L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990
Edited by Wim de Wit and Christopher James Alexander
Overdrive

From 1940 to 1990, Los Angeles rapidly evolved into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic, and creative capitals in the world. During this era, the region was transformed into a laboratory for cutting-edge architecture. This volume examines these experiments and their impact on modern design, reframes the perceptions of Los Angeles's dynamic built environment, and amplifies the exploration of the city's vibrant architectural legacy. The related exhibition will be on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from April 9 through July 21, 2013.

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Japan's Modern Divide
The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto
Edited by Judith Keller and Amanda Maddox
With contributions by Kōtarō Iizawa, Ryūichi Kaneko, and Jonathan Reynolds
Japan's Modern Divide

In the 1930s the history of Japanese photography evolved in two very different directions: one toward documentary photography, the other favoring an experimental, or avant-garde, approach strongly influenced by Western Surrealism. This book explores these two strains of modern Japanese photography through the work of two remarkable figures: Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto. This book, which features more than one hundred images, accompanies an exhibition of the same name currently on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum through August 25, 2013.

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Sicily
Art and Invention between Greece and Rome
Edited by Claire L. Lyons, Michael Bennett, and Clemente Marconi
Sicily

Ancient Sicily, a prosperous island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, occupied a pivotal place between Greece, North Africa, and the Italian peninsula. In the late eighth century B.C., émigrés from the Greek mainland founded colonies along the shores of the region they knew as Sikelia, bringing with them the dialects, customs, and religious practices of their homelands. Dearest of all lands to Demeter, goddess of the harvest, Sicily grew wealthy from its agricultural abundance, and colonial settlements emerged as formidable metropolises. This volume accompanies the exhibition of the same name, presented at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (April 3–August 19, 2013), the Cleveland Museum of Art (September 30, 2013–January 5, 2014), and the Palazzo Ajutamicristo in Palermo (February 14–June 15, 2014).

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Ed Ruscha and Some Los Angeles Apartments
Virginia Heckert
Ed Ruscha and Some Los Angeles Apartments

Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Ed Ruscha is celebrated for his paintings, drawings, prints, and artist's books, receiving widespread critical acclaim for more than half a century. This publication features thirty-eight Ruscha plates and an essay that traces the evolution of the artist's thinking about his photographs initially as the means to the end of his self-published photobooks and eventually as works of art in and of themselves. This book accompanies an exhibition titled In Focus: Ed Ruscha, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from April 9 through September 29, 2013.

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