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February 2013

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Leonard Nadel Photographs of Los Angeles Housing
Digital Collection

This collection of over 3,200 images from 1947 to 1957 by the American photojournalist Leonard Nadel records early efforts by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) to promote integrated public housing for the city's growing multiethnic population and also documents impoverished and historic areas targeted for redevelopment. From aerial and panoramic views to close-range shots, a large portion of this collection focuses on individual families or tenants, presenting a very personal portrait of life in the city's slums and projects.

View digitized images.
219 N. Olive Street (October 21, 1948), Leonard Nadel, 1948. The Getty Research Institute, 2002.M.42
Ed Ruscha's Streets of Los Angeles Archive
Finding Aids

Ed Ruscha began photographic documentation of Los Angeles streets in 1965, shooting the length of Sunset Boulevard in preparation for his artist's book, Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966). This archive contains two collections comprising over one million images and spanning four decades, and reveals Ruscha's systematic effort to capture the city's architecture and thoroughfares.

Browse the finding aid: Photographs of Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Blvd, 1965–2005.

Browse the finding aid: Photographs of Los Angeles Streets, 1974–2011.
Danny Kwan, Ed Ruscha, and Bryan Heath in Ed's Datsun pickup truck, Paul Ruscha, 1975. The Getty Research Institute, 2012.M.1
German Sales Catalogs, 1930–1945
New Getty Provenance Index Records

The Getty Provenance Index® now provides online access to more than 230,000 sale records for paintings, sculptures, and drawings from more than 2,000 German auction catalogs from 1930 to 1945. The newly digitized sale catalogs were published in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland during a period of politically sanctioned Nazi looting of art. The catalogs represent an indispensable resource for provenance research and are also a rich primary resource for art historians.

Search these catalog records in the Getty Provenance Index Databases.
Konrad Roethel at the allied Central Collecting Point in Munich, Johannes Felbermeyer, 1949. The Getty Research Institute, 89.P.4

C L O S I N G   T H I S   M O N T H

Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico
Exhibition through February 17, 2013

In 1939, artists Wolfgang Paalen, Alice Rahon, and Eva Sulzer left Paris and settled in Mexico City, becoming part of an international group of surrealist artists and writers living in Mexico in exile. Haunted by the Second World War, inspired by science, and seduced by archaeological discoveries, these artists defined a new direction for their art and created the journal Dyn. This exhibition reveals the little-known story of a pioneering artistic experiment that made Mexico an important site of avant-garde activity in the 1940s.

Curator gallery tours are at 2 p.m. on February 7 and 14, 2013.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Buy the Farewell to Surrealism catalog.

Take a virtual tour of the gallery.
What the Sailor Will Say, John Dawson (pseud. of Wolfgang Paalen), 1942. From Dyn, no. 1 (1942), p. 23. The Getty Research Institute, 84-S23. © Succession Paalen, Paalen Archiv, Berlin
A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed
Exhibition through February 23, 2013

On view for a limited time at the downtown Central Library, this exhibition chronicles the Mexican Revolution of 1910 to 1920 through a rich selection of postcards, prints, and photographs of key moments, dramatic battle scenes, and iconic images of revolutionary leaders. Organized by the GRI with support from Edison International, A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed uncovers a complex, multifaceted chapter in Mexico's history.

See the exhibition at the Los Angeles Public Library.
Mujeres listas para recivir [sic] a Rábago (Women ready to receive Rábago) (detail), Walter H. Horne, 1911. The Getty Research Institute, 89.R.46

A N N O U N C E M E N T

Now Accepting Applications for Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography
July 22–August 16, 2013, at the Getty Research Institute

This four-week residential course directed by Professor Marc Smith examines French manuscripts and archival materials from the 13th to the 17th century. Students receive intensive training in reading texts and become familiar with the development of handwriting as well as further aspects of written communication in the late-medieval and early-modern periods.

Application deadline is March 1.

Learn more and apply.
The Armies of France and Burgundy with Martel in Prayer, Loyset Liédet and Pol Fruit, illuminators, 1467–72. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig XIII 6

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Provenance: An Alternate History of Art
Edited by Gail Feigenbaum and Inge Reist

This book expands the concept of provenance to explore ideas about the origins and itineraries of objects, consider the historical uses of provenance research, and draw attention to the transformative power of ownership. The essays demonstrate how an owner's relationship with a work of art or with the object's previous owners can change irrevocably how the work will be perceived and understood by future generations.

Learn more and purchase online.






Banner image: Civic Center area (detail), Leonard Nadel, ca. 1950–51. Leonard Nadel Photographs, Series I.A., box 1, folder 25. The Getty Research Institute, 2002.M.42

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