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Sharpening the Scythe (detail), Käthe Kollwitz, 1905. The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34. Partial gift of Dr. Richard A. Simms


  Sharpening the Scythe (detail), Käthe Kollwitz, 1905. The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34. Partial gift of Dr. Richard A. Simms

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics

Through March 29, 2020 | The Getty Center
Go behind the scenes of our current exhibition in this episode of Art + Ideas, as Dr. Richard A. Simms discusses his path to becoming a collector of works by Käthe Kollwitz. Dr. Simms is joined in conversation by Jim Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and Christa Aube, GRI exhibitions coordinator, who co-curated the exhibition with Louis Marchesano and Naoko Takahatake. Gallery tours of Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

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  Storage room at Duveen Brothers gallery, New York, n.d. Getty Research Institute, 2007.D.1

Tricks of the Trade: Duveen Brothers and the Market for the Decorative Arts, 1880–1940

Lecture | April 15, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Charlotte Vignon, director of the Heritage and Collections department at Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique, draws from her recent publication, Duveen Brothers and the Market for Decorative Arts, 1880–1940, in a discussion of the commercial strategies and the relationships with preeminent collectors, including J. P. Morgan, that led to the Duveen firm's dominance of the transatlantic art market from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. Vignon's research makes extensive use of the GRI's Duveen Brothers archive to provide a study of the influential firm within the context of the history of collecting.

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  Red Hat in Yellow and Red Landscape, Simone Forti, 1966. Getty Research Institute, 2019.M.23

Simone Forti Archive

Covering every major period of artist, dancer, and writer Simone Forti's career, this archive includes an extensive set of diaries and notebooks containing a wealth of unpublished information about one of the seminal figures in the history of minimalism and experimental dance in the United States. The archive also includes project files, correspondence, photographs, audiovisual materials, ephemera, rare books, and works on paper. The materials in the collection allow readers to trace the intellectual development of Forti's major projects and series, as well as her thoughts and responses to individual performances.

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The Tastemakers: British Dealers and the Anglo-Gallic Interior, 1785–1865

Diana Davis
Repositioning British dealers as innovators who were key to transforming old art objects from France into "cherished antiques," art historian Diana Davis demonstrates how these dealers invented a new and visually splendid decorative style that combined the contrasting tastes of England and France. The volume analyzes dealer-made furnishings from the 19th-century patron's perspective and puts such furnishings in the context of the interiors for which they were created. Davis contends that early dealers deliberately formulated a new aesthetic with its own objects, language, and value.

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  Feminist studio workshop members staging an Amazon play at the Los Angeles Woman's Building, ca. 1974. The Getty Research Institute, 2018.M.16

Maria Karras Collection of Woman's Building Papers and Photographs, 1972–2018

Finding Aid
This collection of Maria Karras's photographs serves as a record of the historic first years of the Los Angeles Woman's Building and the women involved with it, including Feminist Studio Workshop founders Sheila de Bretteville, Judy Chicago, and Arlene Raven. Karras's photographs are joined by related ephemera, correspondence, posters, and other documentary materials, as well as a selection of original artwork by Karras and her peers.

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