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The Mothers, Käthe Kollwitz, 1921–1922. The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34


  The Mothers, Käthe Kollwitz, 1921–1922. The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics

Through March 29, 2020 | The Getty Center
Responding to the economic and political turmoil that disrupted German society from 1870 until 1945, artist Käthe Kollwitz's prints serve as testimony to the poverty, injustice, and trauma she witnessed, as well as evidence of her endeavor to engage a public increasingly interested in art. Kollwitz's commitment to social advocacy can be seen in The Mothers, an evocative, affecting portrayal of life and struggle after World War I. This print is currently on view as part of the exhibition Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics.

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Getty Website Redesign

In an effort to help visitors, researchers, and art lovers alike more easily find what they are looking for, Getty is currently in the midst of a multiyear website redesign. At the beginning of 2020, an initial phase brought a new look and feel to the website as well as the ability for users to navigate all of Getty's resources via new portal pages centered around resources, art, and the work being done across all Getty programs. One of the new portal pages, the Resources page, brings together all of Getty's freely available research resources and grants opportunities for advancing a career in art history.

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Watch the Getty Graduate Symposium 2020 Live

The second annual Getty Graduate Symposium streams live on YouTube beginning at 9:45 a.m. on February 1, 2020. The symposium showcases the work of emerging scholars from art history graduate programs across California and includes individual presentations, panel discussions, and question-and-answer sessions.

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  Sharpening the Scythe (detail), Käthe Kollwitz, ca. 1904–1905. Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34 Partial Gift of Dr. Richard A. Simms

Käthe Kollwitz: "Sharpening the Scythe" and the Spark of Revolutionary Consciousness

Talk | March 12, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
By considering the numerous preparatory sketches leading up to the final etching of Sharpening the Scythe, Philadelphia Museum of Art Senior Curator Louis Marchesano discusses Kollwitz's technical and aesthetic challenges when representing the print's subject matter: the awakening of a revolutionary consciousness. His lecture also reflects upon the ways in which Kollwitz captured the moment an oppressed class of people turned against its oppressors.

The lecture complements the exhibition Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics.

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  Drawing for A-City, Lebbeus Woods, ca. 1985–1986. Getty Research Institute, 2018.M.24. Acquired with partial support of the GRI Council. © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

Lebbeus Woods Drawings and Sketchbook

This two-part collection of drawings and sketches by Lebbeus Woods provides scholars and researchers valuable insight on an architect known for unconventional, experimental designs. The 52 drawings for A-City and the 4 Cities and Beyond projects establish a complete vision for an alternate world, displaying the artist's urbanistic fantasies; complementing this, a 30‐page sketchbook kept by Woods during one of his visits to Los Angeles illustrates his working process and sheds light on his various lines of thinking about the city.

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Sarnath: A Critical History of the Place Where Buddhism Began

Frederick M. Asher
In the first critical examination of Sarnath, art historian Frederick M. Asher analyzes the plunder and excavation of the historical Buddhist site as well as the display of its antiquities through the modern period. The volume also includes an analytical history of Sarnath's architectural and sculptural remains through a significant study of the site's sculptures, their uneven production, and their global distribution.

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  John Baldessari's Blue Line (Holbein) exhibition at Margo Leavin Gallery. Getty Research Institute, 2015.M.5.

Margo Leavin Gallery Records, 1947–2017

Finding Aid
In nearly 42 years of operation as one of the foremost art venues in Los Angeles, the Margo Leavin Gallery presented over 500 exhibitions grounded in minimalism and pop art. The gallery showed a variety of work by both New York and Los Angeles artists, such as Dan Flavin and Claes Oldenburg, gradually moving into the terrain of conceptual art, with work by John Baldessari, Sherrie Levine, and Alexis Smith. Leavin and her associates placed numerous works at the world's top museums and had a profound effect on the art world of the city.

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