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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. Watch Video


Repoliticizing Modernity: Military Spectacles in Venezuela

Excerpted from her book Spectacular Modernity, Lisa Blackmore’s statement posits that the political, social, and cultural forces that converged to create Venezuela’s “modern spirit” in the mid-20th century unfolded as a spectacle, revealing the spaces, practices, and aspects of life comprising the combined aesthetic and political agenda of its power relations. More

Cite, Site, Sights

Getty conservator Pia Gottschaller explains the multi-faceted approach her team used to analyze the material and techniques of Concrete works from the CPPC. Cross-sections of paint as well as non-invasive tools that measure electromagnetic spectrum and anecdotal evidence from interviews and archival photographs combine to tell a story that is complex, sometimes ambiguous, and open to informed interpretation. More

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