It is often assumed that reading about the lives of artists enhances our understanding of their work--and that their work reveals something about them--but the relationship between biography and art is rarely straightforward. In The Life and the Work, art historians Thomas Crow, Charles Harrison, Rosalind Krauss, Debora Silverman, Paul Smith, and Robert Williams address this fundamental if convoluted relationship. Looking to such figures as Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cï¿½zanne, Leonardo da Vinci, and the artists associated with the name Art & Language, the volume's authors have written a set of provocative essays that explore how an artist's life and art are intertwined.
The Getty Research Journal showcases the remarkable original research underway at the Getty. Articles explore the rich collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum and Research Institute, as well as the Research Institute's research projects and annual theme of its scholar program. Shorter texts highlight new acquisitions and discoveries in the collections, and focus on the diverse tools for scholarship being developed at the Research Institute. This issue includes essays by Scott Allan, Adriano Amendola, Valérie Bajou, Alessia Frassani, Alden R. Gordon, Natilee Harren, Sigrid Hofer, Christopher R. Lakey, Vimalin Rujivacharakul, and David Saunders; the short texts examine a Nuremberg festival book, translations of a seventeenth-century rhyming inventory, the print innovations of Maria Sibylla Merian, Karl Schneider's Sears designs, Clement Greenberg's copy of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, the Marcia Tucker papers, a mail art project by William Pope.L, the L.A. Art Girls' reinvention of Allan Kaprow's Fluids, and Jennifer Bornstein's investigations into the archives of women performance artists.
This comprehensive bibliography of the Russian Modernist holdings of the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities comprises both published and unpublished material dating from approximately 1905 to 1941, an era that saw unprecedented political change and an explosion of new artistic strategies. The Research Institute's holdings include Russian and foreign-language translations of Russian texts, exhibition and museum catalogues, children's books, limited editions, journals, lithographs, offprints, pamphlets, collected papers, photographic albums, plays, portfolios, posters, songs, and transcripts. This extensive reference will be essential for librarians, scholars, students, and rare book dealers.
This book explores the principles of the display of art in the magnificent Roman palaces of the early modern period, focusing attention on how the parts function to convey multiple artistic, social, and political messages, all within a splendid environment that provided a model for aristocratic residences throughout Europe. Many of the objects exhibited in museums today once graced the interior of a Roman Baroque palazzo or a setting inspired by one. In fact, the very convention of a paintings gallery— the mainstay of museums—traces its ancestry to prototypes in the palaces of Rome. Inside Roman palaces, the display of art was calibrated to an increasingly accentuated dynamism of social ...
The material history of wax is a history of disappearance--wax melts, liquefies, evaporates, and undergoes innumerable mutations. Wax is tactile, ambiguous, and mesmerizing, confounding viewers and scholars alike. It can approximate flesh with astonishing realism and has been used to create uncanny human simulacra since ancient times--from phallic amulets offered to heal distressing conditions and life-size votive images crammed inside candlelit churches by the faithful, to exquisitely detailed anatomical specimens used for training doctors and Medardo Rosso's "melting" portraits. The critical history of wax, however, is fraught with gaps and controversies. After Giorgio Vasari, the subject of wax sculpture was abandoned by art historians; in the twentieth century it once again sparked intellectual interest, only soon to vanish. The authors of the eight essays in Ephemeral Bodies--including the first English translation of Julius von Schlosser's seminal "History of Portraiture in Wax" (1910-11)--break new ground as they explore wax reproductions of the body or body parts and assess their conceptual ambiguity, material impermanence, and implications for the history of Western art.
The Getty Research Journal publishes the original research underway at the Getty and seeks to foster an environment of collaborative scholarship among art historians, museum curators, and conservators. Articles explore the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum and Research Institute, as well as the annual themes and ongoing research projects of the Research Institute. Shorter texts highlight new acquisitions and discoveries, and focus on the diverse tools for scholarship being developed at the Getty. This issue features essays on early modern alchemy; portraits of the Orsini family; a decorative design for a Borghese palace; the Eruditi Italiani archive; the collecting habits of Louis-Phil...
The Getty Research Journal is an annual publication that showcases work by scholars and staff associated with the Getty Research Institute and the other programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust. It offers refereed essays that focus on an object or aspect of the Getty's extensive archival, rare book, and artistic holdings or that bear upon the annual research themes of the Research Institute or the Getty Villa. It also presents a selection of short, lively pieces about new acquisitions, scholarly activities, and ongoing research projects at the Getty. The inaugural issue of the Getty Research Journal features essays by Chris Bennett, Jens Daehner, Olivier Debroise, Chelsea Foxwell, Karen Lang, Annette Leddy, Riccardo Marchi, Marc J. Neveu, Spyros Papapetros, Lorenzo Pericolo, and Irene Small; the short texts examine materials at the Getty related to Nicolas de Nicolay, Pietro Millini, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Yona Friedman, Alfred Schmela, Allan Kaprow, and African-American avant-garde artists in Los Angeles.