Hermelindo Fiaminghi, Alternado 2, 1957, alkyd paint on hardboard, 24 x 24 inches (61cm x 61cm). Estate of Hermelindo Fiaminghi.
Modern Abstract Art in Latin America
This recently launched project aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the material and process-based decisions made by artists working in the concrete and Neo-concrete vein in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil during the mid-twentieth century. Its focus is on the technical study of works from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros on loan to the Getty as part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. An exhibition in 2017 will bring together art works and findings from the technical study including information on binding media, pigments, and layer structure.
Made in Los Angeles: Materials, Processes, and the Birth of West Coast Minimalism
By Rachel Rivenc
Made in Los Angeles focuses on four pioneers of West Coast Minimalism—Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, and John McCracken—whose working methods featured the use of synthetic paints and resins as well as industrial processes to create objects that are both painting and sculpture. While the role of materials and processes in the advent of these truly indigenous Los Angeles art forms has often been commented on, it has never been studied in depth—until now.
Now available online, reports from the GCI's project with the Government of Tanzania to conserve the Hominid Trackway at Laetoli (1992-1998). This 3.6 million year old Pliocene site preserves both hominid and faunal tracks and has immense scientific value, particularly for understanding human evolution.
Artwork: Alfred Jensen, The Title Maker. Collection Yale University Art Gallery. Photo: Jessica Smolinski
XRF Boot Camp
November 8–11, 2016
Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg and Bonnefantenmuseum
Maastricht, the Netherlands
The 2016 XRF Boot Camp is the third in an ongoing series of workshops on X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy developed by the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Getty Conservation Institute that aim to improve the collaborative research experience between conservators and scientists.
CAPS 2016 is part of an ongoing series of GCI workshops that aim to directly engage conservators with the current research on identifying a broader range of cleaning systems and methodologies for acrylic painted surfaces.
Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road
Opening at the Getty Center May 7–September 4, 2016
The Mogao caves, located near the town of Dunhuang in the Gobi Desert of northwest China, comprise some 500 decorated Buddhist cave temples dating from the 4th to the 14th century. Filled with exquisite wall paintings and sculptures, the caves bear witness to the intense religious, artistic, and cultural exchanges along the Silk Road, the trade routes linking East and West.
Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road features numerous objects originally from the site as well as three spectacular full-size replica caves. The exhibition celebrates more than 25 years of collaboration between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Dunhuang Academy to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For this evening of lively presentations, the GCI's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI) curated a selection of recently completed modern-era building projects, giving some of LA's most imaginative architecture and preservation firms an opportunity to present a quick snapshot of a recent project, highlighting a particular modern conservation challenge or demonstrating an innovative solution. This was part of the CMAI's regular public programming on this topic.
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