The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, February 6, 2016


Getty Museum's Department of Photographs celebrates 30th anniversary with an exhibition
Yasumasa Morimura, Daughter of Art History, Theater A, 1989. Chromogenic print, 180.3 x 246.4 cm. 2008.52.1 © Yasumasa Morimura. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Since it was established in 1984, the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs has seen its collection grow substantially through purchases and gifts. On view from July 8 – October 19, 2014, the department’s newest exhibition at the Getty Center, Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection, coincides with this anniversary. Through a series of 14 groupings, the exhibition reveals points of intersection—or convergence—between recently acquired works by contemporary artists and historical photographs already in the collection.

Among the contemporary artists whose work has been recently acquired, in several cases with the assistance of the Museum’s Photographs Council, are Loretta Lux, Vera Lutter, Yasumasa Morimura, Cindy Sherman, and James Welling. These photographs are placed in conversation with prints by Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, Walker Evans, Man Ray, Frederick Sommer, and others.

“As the youngest curatorial department at the Getty Museum and the only department to actively collect contemporary art, the Department of Photographs has very quickly evolved into a leader in the field, greatly expanding the collection and presenting thoughtful exhibitions that have enriched our understanding of the medium,” explains Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “This exhibition, which reflects on the department’s 30 year history, offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate the continuum that exists – sometimes conscious, sometimes serendipitous – between newly acquired contemporary works and more historical works that came into the collection earlier in the department’s history. Not only does it provide insight into the history of the department and its collecting, but also into the history of photography itself.”

The premise of the exhibition was inspired by Lawrence Weschler’s 2006 collection of essays Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, in which the author explores visual associations between disparate objects, events, and phenomena. Weschler uncovers “uncanny moments of convergence, bizarre associations, eerie rhymes, whispered recollections” in images of wide-ranging historical, geographical, and thematic content.

“The idea of convergences provides a framework with which to think about how images made at different times and with different aesthetic motivations can be in conversation with one another,” says Virginia Heckert, curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum and curator of the exhibition. “It also gives some insight into the curatorial process by which a collection with strong holdings of historical photography, like that of the Getty Museum, can be expanded to include contemporary work.”

Each pair or cluster of images in the exhibition is anchored by one of approximately a dozen recently acquired contemporary works, all on view for the first time. Historical works have been selected on the basis of visual resonances that may suggest direct influence or may be of a more tenuous nature.

One of the groups brings together several images that explore the ways in which photographers have portrayed the bonds and differences between twins. Taken during the annual Twins Day festival in Twinsberg, Ohio, Mary Ellen Mark’s (American, born 1940) portrait of Heather and Kelsey Dietrick, 7 years old, Kelsey older by 66 minutes (2002) captures subtle nuances in expression and body language. By contrast, Loretta Lux’s (German, born 1969) portrait of Sasha and Ruby (2005) utilizes digital manipulation to introduce an emotional aloofness that is further enhanced by the girls’ distanced stance from one another. Lux’s and Marks’s photographs are indebted to Diane Arbus’s (American, 1923-1971) image Identical Twins, Roselle, N.J. (negative, 1966-67; print, 1970-75), which itself was inspired by August Sanders’s (German, 1876-1964) 1925 portrait of identically dressed girls from the German countryside.

In another grouping, Yasumasa Morimura (Japanese, born 1951) uses make-up, costumes, custom-made props, and sets to create elaborate re-stagings of iconic works from Western art history. In Daughter of Art History, Theater A and Daughter of Art History, Theater B (1989) he becomes the barmaid of Édouard Manet’s painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882). Morimura’s work calls to mind Marcel Duchamp’s alter ego Rrose Sélavy, whose portrait has been preserved in photographs by his close friend and collaborator, Man Ray. Two of these photographs will be included in the exhibition. Like Duchamp before him, Morimura seems to embrace femininity as an empowering channel for creativity.

For New Abstraction #71 (2000), James Welling (American, born 1951) placed strips of mat board on sheets of high-contrast film to produce cameraless photograms. Prints made from these negatives evoke the abstract formal vocabulary used by Modernist photographers in the United States and Europe to depict architectural structures and frameworks in the 1920s and 1930s. By tilting their cameras upward or downward and allowing the subject to extend beyond the picture frame, artists such as Ralston Crawford (American, born Canada, 1906-1978) sought to draw our attention to elegant geometric patterns found in industrial constructions.

For the past fifteen years, Alec Soth (American, born 1969) has documented the daily lives and dreams of low-income Americans. Rebecca (2005) is a somber portrait of a mother and her baby, whose isolation is exacerbated by an empty asphalt lot and the bleakness of her surroundings. Rebecca appears distinctly unprepared to imagine the idealized images of motherhood staged by Julia Margaret Cameron (British, born India, 1815-1879) and Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852-1934) or to face the realities presented in Weegee’s (American, born Austria, 1899-1968) portrait of a mother and child in Harlem. Grouped together, these portrayals of motherhood contrast attitudes of devotion and well-being with poverty and struggle.

Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection is on view July 8-October 19, 2014 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center.





Today's News

July 10, 2014

With nearly forty thrilling events, Nantes reveals itself through a cultural itinerary

International Council of Museums' Committee for Egyptology expresses concern over sale of Sekhemka

Sotheby's London Old Master and British Painting Evening Sale soars over estimate to realise $117.1M

Resonators: An exhibition of iconic photographic works by Scarlet Page opens at ArtHouse

American Museum of Natural History sells out adult sleepover under blue whale

Yorkshire Sculpture Park named Museum of the Year 2014 out of six remarkable finalists

A striking head study by Sir Anthony van Dyck discovered by British TV programme fails to sell

Getty Museum's Department of Photographs celebrates 30th anniversary with an exhibition

Group exhibition of art mostly created from functional sources opens at Allan Stone Projects

International Twitter debate #eroticcensorship leads to re-hang of 'Portrait of Ms Ruby May, Standing'

Exhibition at Sprüth Magers offers a survey of the multifaceted work of Anna Vogel

Exhibition of the work of artist Carsten Höller opens at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

Art Basel announces Alexie Glass-Kantor as the new Curator of its Encounters sector in Hong Kong

Historic and contemporary Korean art on view in two exhibitions at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents 'On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photographs of William P. Gottlieb'

Poodle Mix: Exhibition of works by Meg Cranston on view at Michael Janssen Berlin

Rare Mickey Mouse animation cel and background from 1935 brings $98,000+ at auction

The Contemporary Austin announces first gift to new Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park

Two iconic Canadian paintings brought together side by side at the National Gallery of Canada

Summa Contemporary Art Fair sets a new date; Boasts new artistic direction

Sotheby's to hold a dedicated sale of English & European furniture from the celebrated Kentshire Galleries

Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong presents group exhibition 'Under the Skin'

Artsy founder Carter Cleveland says art in the future will be for everyone

Jewelry, silver and objets d'art showcased in Stephenson's July 18 Summer Auction

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Pace/MacGill Gallery presents a survey of privately produced photographs by Irving Penn

2.- New Bosch painting owned by Nelson-Atkins unveiled on eve of 500th celebrations

3.- World's greatest cat painting on view at Portland Art Museum

4.- Exhibition examines the role of gardens in the paintings of Monet and his contemporaries

5.- Roman fresco hidden beneath the streets of London uncovered by archaeologists

6.- Exhibition of photographs by Peter Lindbergh opens at Gagosian Gallery Athens

7.- Getty Museum acquires Gentileschi's 'Danaë' for $30.5 million at Sotheby's New York

8.- The Fondation Beyeler presents Jean Dubuffet's work in a major retrospective

9.- Berlin mulls uses for Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels' abandoned love nest

10.- France and Netherlands seal historic 160 million euro Rembrandt paintings purchase



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemariasound.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful