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  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.

Find our more about this project.



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.

Purchase a copy online.


Hominid Trackway at Laetoli

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.

Reports cover the period of 1993-1998 as well as the partial re-excavation in 2011. Access the project reports.

  Photo: Julius Shulman. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10).

Conserving Modern Architecture (CMAI)
Call for Case Studies

CMAI is pleased to announce Energy and Climate Management in Modern Buildings, as the second volume in its publication series, Conserving Modern Heritage, Case Studies From the Field.

We are seeking case studies of projects completed in the last seven years that balance climate management concerns with best practices in the preservation and conservation of modern architecture.

Find out more. Deadline for proposals is June 1, 2016.


  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.

Find out more and register online. Application deadline is May 13, 2016.


Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces (CAPS 2016)

Application Deadline Extended to April 22, 2016.

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.

Find out more and register online.



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.

Pre-order the exhibition publication.



Modern Snapshots from the Field

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.

Watch Modern Snapshots from the Field.

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AIC 44th Annual Meeting

The GCI will be at the 44th Annual Meeting of the AIC in Montreal, Canada May 13-17, 2016. Be sure to stop by our booth ( 319 ) and learn about resources we have for conservation professionals.

The Getty Publications booth, featuring the full range of GCI books, will be adjacent to our booth.


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