At the Getty, a focus on Asian photographs

When the J. Paul Getty Museum plunged into the field of photography 25 years ago with a stunning purchase of 18,000 photographs, one of the least-remarked facts was that the bonanza of mostly European and American images included a few Japanese works.

The focus on Western art hasn’t changed much as the collection has grown more than fivefold, but recently the department of photographs has begun to look east. In the last three years, the Getty has quietly purchased and received donations of about 150 photographs by Japanese, Chinese and Korean artists. Many other Asian acquisitions are in the pipeline.

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Published in: on April 21, 2009 at 11:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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Paris, D.C. Fete Robert Frank’s Gritty ‘Americans’ Photos at 50

An undated handout photo, provided to the media on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, shows a photograph, entitled ''Paris'' by American photographer Robert Frank

Robert Frank was denounced as sneakily subversive and technically inept when his photography book “The Americans” came out in 1959.

His volume became one of the most popular coffee-table books published in the U.S.: Frank, now 84, saw his influence grow and his talent recognized.

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Published in: on March 3, 2009 at 9:11 am  Leave a Comment  
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