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Installation view of A Game of My Own, Something about Modernism and Death, and Slate Corridor for Possibility of Speaking in Tongues and Depositing Ghetto Reliquary at the National Gallery of Art, Theaster Gates, 2017. Courtesy of the artist, White Cube, and Regen Projects


  Installation view of A Game of My Own, Something about Modernism and Death, and Slate Corridor for Possibility of Speaking in Tongues and Depositing Ghetto Reliquary at the National Gallery of Art, Theaster Gates, 2017. Courtesy of the artist, White Cube, and Regen Projects

2018/2019 Getty Scholars and Artist-in-Residence Announced

The GRI and the J. Paul Getty Museum will welcome 42 scholars for the 2018/2019 Scholar Year at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. The GRI scholars will explore the themes of "MONUMENTALITY" and "The Classical World in Context: Persia." The scholars—who will be joining the Getty from across the United States, Asia, Europe, and South America—will investigate topics such as cross-cultural exchanges in the Mediterranean, architecture and urbanism of welfare states, and early Chinese art and archaeology.

This year, the GRI is also pleased to welcome artist-in-residence Theaster Gates, a Chicago-based artist who is known for his installation work related to social justice issues.

View the list of incoming scholars and learn more about the 2018/2019 research themes.


  Loewy (Raymond) House in Palm Springs, Julius Shulman, 1947. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10 (Job 7).

The GRI's holdings in architecture and design include architects practicing from the 1500s to the present, with a special emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century avant-garde movements and mid-20th-century modernism. This research guide provides an overview of these collections, with links to drawings, models, letters, notebooks, and photography. Collection highlights include the archive of Southern California-based architect Frank Gehry as well as the archive of architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

Read this guide and explore the GRI's collections.


  Photoengraving from Six Ear Drawings (Complementary Colors), John Baldessari, 2007. The Getty Research Institute, 2017.PR.19. Gift of Jacob and Yael Samuel

Six new recent acquisitions made by the GRI include American artist John Baldessari's Six Ear Drawings (Complementary Colors) (2007), a suite of six photoengravings; Godefroy Englemann's Rapport sur la Lithographie (1815), a report on Englemann's discoveries about the lithographic process; artist John Lasker's Six Etchings (2011), a dynamic, geometric series of etchings; and Pierre Victorien Lottin de Laval's Voyage dans la Péninsule Arabique (1855–1859), an illustrated volume on the painter and archaeologist's expedition through Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.

Learn more about these acquisitions.



The Sistine Chapel: Paradise in Rome

Ulrich Pfisterer
Translated by David Dollenmayer
The Sistine Chapel was decorated by competing artists who were commissioned by equally competitive popes between 1481 and 1541. Ulrich Pfisterer—professor of art history at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität—argues that the resulting artwork is a complex fabric of thematic, chronological, and artistic references that symbolically transformed the chapel into a pathway to heaven while using imagery to legitimize papal authority. The Sistine Chapel: Paradise in Rome is a concise, informative account of the sacred space, and reveals the remarkable unity of the motifs and the intentions of the artists themselves, including Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

Pre-order this title.


  Photograph of Tokyo Fuji Art Museum staff members receiving the Lotte Jacobi archive along with a shipping list from the Stephen White Gallery of Photography, 1989. Getty Research Institute, 2002.M.43

Stephen White Gallery of Photography Records, 1966–2004

Finding Aid
Stephen White initially opened his gallery across from the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles on October 16, 1975. Originally known as the Photo Album Gallery, it was one of the few photography galleries in the country—and despite beginning with a small inventory and little knowledge of the gallery business, White quickly built relationships with other galleries, museums, collectors, and the public. In the process, he helped to cultivate the fine art photography market. In 1990, White sold his private and gallery collections to the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum in Japan and officially closed in 1991.

The Stephen White Gallery of Photography records document the gallery's business in Los Angeles from 1975 to 1991. The collection consists of files, correspondence, financial records, contracts, notes, promotional material, publicity materials, and ephemera related to the exhibitions and sales of fine art photography by 20th-century and contemporary photographers such as Ruth Bernhard, Lotte Jacobi, Michael Kenna, and Photo-Secession photographer Karl Struss.

Browse the finding aid.


Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists

Exhibition | Opens June 26, 2018 | The Getty Center


Gyula Gazdag and Cold War Hungarian Cinema

Film Screening and Conversation | June 2, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. | The Getty Center


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