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Autobiographical Sketch (detail), Emmett Williams. From the portfolio 10 Autobiographical Sketches (Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1979), edition iii/xxv. © The Estate of Emmett Williams, © Hansjörg Mayer


  Chaetopoda — Borstenwürmer, Adolf Giltsch, after Ernst Haeckel. From Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur (Leipzig: Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, 1904), pl. 96, Sabella

Continue to Explore Art While We Are Closed

Although the GRI is temporarily closed, we will continue to provide virtual resources for the study and appreciation of art during this challenging time.

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Getty Provenance Index Update

Are you conducting provenance research from home? Updates to the Getty Provenance Index® interface mean that users can now search archival inventories, auction sales catalogs, and dealer stock books with a single search. This unified database contains more than 2.2 million records that can be used for a wide variety of research purposes, allowing users to trace art ownership and discover patterns in collecting behavior, trends in the art market, and dealer networks.

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  Autobiographical Sketch, Emmett Williams. From the portfolio 10 Autobiographical Sketches (Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1979), edition iii/xxv. © The Estate of Emmett Williams, © Hansjörg Mayer

Emmett Williams Archive

The American-born poet and visual artist Emmett Williams played a central role in Fluxus and in the concrete poetry movement. This archive covers his entire career, including his 1950s features for the US Army daily Stars and Stripes, his signature concrete poems, and his collaborations on prints and artists' books from the 1960s on. The archive joins material that American collector Jean Brown purchased from Williams during the 1970s and subsequently sold to the GRI as part of the Jean Brown Archive.

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Lectures on Art: Selected Conférences from the Académe Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture

Edited by Christian Michel and Jacqueline Lichtenstein
Translated by Chris Miller
Between 1667 and 1792, the artists and amateurs of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris lectured on the Académie's conférences, foundational documents in the theory and practice of art that guided artistic practice and art theory in France and throughout Europe for two centuries. The lectures reveal what leading French artists looked for in a painting or sculpture, the problems they sought to resolve in their works, and how they viewed their own and others' artistic practice.

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  Rehak House (Malibu, Calif.) study model, ca. 1990s. Getty Research Institute, 2002.M.2

Coop Himmelblau Architectural Models and Drawings for Five Projects, 1983—1995

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The work of Viennese architectural firm Coop Himmelblau focuses on designing structures that reach from the ground skyward. With roots in theory and performance art, the firm developed experiments with structure and design process in the 1980s and 1990s, exploring architectural tectonics and the visual expression of tension through structural materials. They pushed their design process forward by cycling between sketching and modeling as well as sketching with their eyes closed. At the GRI, the collection comprises architectural models and drawings related to five international projects including Rehak House, Open House, and Anselm Kiefer Studios.

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