Getty Spent $230M for Art in Fiscal 2018
|Small detail of Michelangelo's Study of a Mourning Woman, 1500-1505, part of the July 2017 purchase|
The outlay reflects the purchase of 14 exceptional European drawings (Michelangelo, Parmigianino, Goya, Degas) and a Watteau painting from an unidentified British seller (elsewhere ID'd as hedge fund manager Luca Padulli). When the deal was announced in July 2017, Timothy Potts described the purchase as "the Getty's biggest in terms of financial value." The New York Times estimated the cost as over $100 million.
|Camille Claudel, Torso of a Crouching Woman, model c. 1884-85; cast by 1913. It's one of four European sculptures added in fiscal 2018|
As usual photography acquisitions dominate numerically. It's notable that most are gifts, and most are contemporary. Among them is a collection of holograms commissioned by Detroit-area collectors Guy and Nora Barron. This includes 3D images by John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Louise Bourgeois, Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol, Dorothea Rockburne, Ed Ruscha, James Turrell, and others.
Among the Getty purchases is Erwin Blumenfeld's Hitlerfresse (1933). A unique collage by the Dadaist-turned-fashion photographer, it morphs a skull to der Fuhrer's face. The image was considered so politically potent that Allied air forces dropped reproductions of it on Nazi territory.
|Erwin Blumenfeld, Hitlerfresse, 1933|