A "New Friendship between Art and Anthropology": Surrealism in Mexico
This lecture examines modern art's relationship with archaeology and anthropology, as expressed by an international group of artists working in Mexico in the 1940s. Art historian Dawn Ades focuses on the avant-garde journal Dyn, which represents a high point in surrealists' engagement with pre-Columbian and First Nations art. Complements the Getty Research Institute's exhibition Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico.
Portrait of James Christie, Thomas Gainsborough, 1778. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 70.PA.16
Call for Papers
This international conference convenes scholars and experts from a range of disciplines to discuss the European art market around 1800. The French Revolution and the ensuing Napoleonic Wars instigated a sweeping redistribution of art. Large volumes of paintings were widely dispersed via auction and private treaty sales in a true diaspora of art. Amid these large-scale market transformations London emerged as the new hub of the international art trade.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo and Doris Heyden published a number of photographs in the journal Dyn. The then-married couple drew on the tradition of ethnographic photography and took the lives and landscapes of Mexico's indigenous peoples as their subject. The work produced by Alvarez Bravo and Heyden—currently on view in the exhibition—is neither documentary realism nor picturesque idealism; it presents unsettling juxtapositions, infusing ordinary situations and objects with enigmatic, poetic meanings.
Curator gallery tours are at 2 p.m. on January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2013.
Palmer and Krisel house in Palm Springs, 1957. Julius Shulman Photography Archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10
California Architecture: William Krisel Papers
A pioneering designer of midcentury residential and commercial architecture, William Krisel is best known for designing affordable homes that expressed the modern aesthetic of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Consisting of drawings, photographs, documents, and articles, the William Krisel Papers contribute to the study of midcentury modernism and postwar housing trends, particularly the development of tract housing in California.
Vizetelly and Company letters, vol. 1, items 58—60. The Getty Research Institute, 860111
Vizetelly and Company Letters
This collection comprises over 100 letters sent to Vizetelly and Company—the London firm of printers, engravers, and publishers—and one of its founders, James Vizetelly, between 1838 and 1854. The letters document the growing demand for illustrated books and Vizetelly and Company's involvement in producing everything from fairy tales and historical novels to handbooks for fashionable hobbies, treatises, and even "exotic" literature.