July 12, 2021

Getty Exhibition Reassembles Medieval Italian Triptych

Paolo Veneziano led the premier painter’s workshop in late medieval Venice, producing work ranging from large complex altarpieces to small paintings intended for personal devotion. This focused exhibition reunites panels that originally formed a larger ensemble but are today scattered across different collections. This reconstruction, together with his other paintings, are set against the backdrop of the city’s uniquely cosmopolitan visual culture.

June 24, 2021

New Getty Exhibitions Explore Modern and Contemporary Landscape Photography

Mario Giacomelli: Figure|Ground

Born into poverty and self-taught as a photographer, Mario Giacomelli (1925­–2000) lived his entire life in Senigallia, along Italy's Adriatic coast. Soon after purchasing his first camera in 1953, he began creating humanistic portrayals of people in their natural environments and dramatic abstractions of the landscapes. Rendered in high contrast black and white, his photographs are often gritty and raw, but always intensely personal. Curated by Virginia Heckert. 

The Expanded Landscape

The contemporary photographers in this exhibition create large-scale works that expand our understanding of what landscape photography can be. Like Mario Giacomelli, whose work is on view in the concurrent exhibition Mario Giacomelli: Figure/Ground, they favor graphically abstract compositions, elevated vantage points that eliminate the horizon, experimental techniques, or personal relationships with a specific landscape. Among the photographers featured are Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Hai Bo, Susan Derges, and Richard Misrach.

 

June 23, 2021

In Focus: Protest at Getty Museum

We are reminded frequently of the power of photographs to propel action and inspire change. During demonstrations photographers take to the streets to record fast-moving events. At other times they bear witness to daily injustices, helping to make them more widely known. This exhibition of images made during periods of social struggle in the United States highlights the myriad roles protest photographs play in shaping our understanding of American life.

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