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Inside the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

January 1, 2018

The Challenge of a Straight Line

Pia Gottschaller, from the Getty Conservation Institute, explains the challenge that Concrete artists from Brazil and Argentina faced in making the perfectly straight lines that characterize their work. Three main methods—straight edge, ruling pen, and self-adhesive tape—all leave tell-tale traces, observable through microscopy or even by the naked eye.

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November 10, 2017

Painting in an Industrial Age

Zanna Gilbert, from the Getty Research Institute, and Pia Gottschaller, from the Getty Conservation Institute, show us how Brazilian artists such as Judith Lauand and Geraldo de Barros responded to increasing societal industrialization by experimenting with industrial paints and application methods that eliminated evidence of the painter’s hand.

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September 15, 2017

Breaking the Frame

Zanna Gilbert, from the Getty Research Institute, and Pia Gottschaller, from the Getty Conservation Institute, demonstrate how Argentine artists working in the 1940s broke the tradition of painting-as-window with shaped paintings (marcos recortados) and works that even pushed beyond the wall to blur the boundary between sculpture and painting.

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September 15, 2014

Hybrid Objects

Curator Jorge Rivas shows examples of "butaca" chairs from the collection. He traces their evolution from indigenous origins to hybridized forms reflecting the influence of multiple cultures.

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