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

This exhibition features paintings, drawings, and photographs by avant-garde artists who contributed to the 1940s journal Dyn. This international group of artists shared a fascination with the indigenous past of the Americas and merged imagery from physics, mathematics, geology, and archaeology with motifs from pre-Columbian and Native Pacific Northwest objects to create works of visual abstraction.

Curator gallery tours are at 2 p.m. on November 1, 8, and 29, 2012.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Buy the Farewell to Surrealism exhibition catalog.

Pandynamic Figure, Wolfgang Paalen, 1940. From Dyn, no. 1 (1942), p. 6. The Getty Research Institute, 84-S23. © Succession Paalen, Paalen Archiv, Berlin


GRI Acquires Knoedler Gallery Archive

The Knoedler Gallery Archive preserves the records of one of America's oldest and most preeminent art galleries. Founded before the establishment of most museums in the United States, the Knoedler Gallery was a conduit for the masterworks that defined many public and private collections. This archive adds remarkable unpublished resources to the GRI's collections documenting the history of taste, the art market, collecting, and patronage.

Learn more about this archive.
Michael Knoedler (1823–1878), 1861
Robert Mapplethorpe Online Gallery

This new online gallery comprises highlights from the Creative Work Series of the Mapplethorpe archive. Featuring select moments in Mapplethorpe's career, this online gallery includes examples of his earliest work as a student at Pratt Institute, showcasing his abilities in diverse mediums like graphic design, drawing, collage, and assemblage.

Learn more about this archive and view the online gallery.
Untitled, Robert Mapplethorpe, ca. 1970. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.20. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

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Robert Mapplethorpe Archive
Finding Aid

The Mapplethorpe archive spans the artist's career, from his early drawings, collages, assemblages, and unique Polaroids, to his renowned photographic work through the 1980s. A portion of the archive is now available for research and includes artworks created by Mapplethorpe as well as artworks he acquired or collected from others. The remainder of the archive—including large-format non-editioned prints, Polaroid test shots, films, personal and professional correspondence, and commercial work—is still being processed and will be available in early 2013.

Browse the finding aid.

Learn more about this archive and view the online gallery.
Self-Portrait, Robert Mapplethorpe, ca. 1973. Gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
David Tudor Audio Recordings Available Online
Audio Collection

A virtuoso pianist and formidable talent in avant-garde music, David Tudor (1926–1996) began producing his own compositions in the late 1960s. In these works, he often combined electronic sound with visual components such as found objects and sculptures. Now available online, the audio recordings of Tudor's compositions feature a wide array of his works, including Bandoneon!, Rainforest IV, Sea Tails, and Soundings: Ocean Diary.

Listen to David Tudor's compositions.
David Tudor working on a realization of a work by John Cage. The Getty Research Institute, 980039
Odilon Redon's Temptation of Saint Anthony
Digital Collection

This suite of 10 lithographs by French printmaker and painter Odilon Redon (1840–1916) was inspired by scenes from Gustave Flaubert's La tentation de Saint-Antoine (1874). Forming one of Redon's most famous series, these prints demonstrate the artist's mastery of lithography and his ability to imitate the textures, tones, and rich blacks of his charcoal drawings, called noirs.

View digitized images.

Plate V from Tentation de Saint-Antoine, Odilon Redon, 1888. The Getty Research Institute, 2011.PR.30


Recent Book Awards

Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945–1980 was awarded the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association's Glenn Goldman Book Award for Art, Architecture, and Photography.

Modern Japanese Art and the Meiji State and the Getty Research Journal, No. 4 won awards at the 42nd Annual University and College Designers Association Design Competition in the book and professional journal categories, respectively.

Browse all GRI publications.

Banner image: Pandynamic Figure (detail), Wolfgang Paalen, 1940. From Dyn, no. 1 (1942), p. 6. The Getty Research Institute, 84-S23. © Succession Paalen, Paalen Archiv, Berlin

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