Getty Adds James Van Der Zee, Joan E. Biren, George Rodriguez
|George Rodriguez, Los Angeles, 1990s (negative) 2021 (print). J. Paul Getty Museum. (c) George Rodriguez|
The Getty's photography department has recently added works by James Van Der Zee, Joan E. Biren, Anthony Barboza, Melodie McDaniel, George Rodriguez, and Shirin Neshat. Together these acquisitions offer a report card on the Getty's Jan. 2021 pledge to diversify collections and programing.
|James Van Der Zee, Family Ties, 1950 (c) 1969 Van Der Zee|
|Joan E. Biren, Leonard Matlovich arrested in front of the White House, 1987|
|Anthony Barboza, Ming Smith, 1970s. (c) Anthony Barboza|
|John Simmons, Love on the Bus, Chicago, IL, 1967 (negative) 2021 (print)|
|Alvin Baltrop, untitled, 1975-1986. (c) Estate of Alvin Baltrop / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York|
Alvin Baltrop photographed gay cruising spots on the Hudson River piers, sometimes suspending himself from a harness to achieve drone-like (Caillebotte?) perspectives. Trained at New York's School of Visual Arts, Baltrop had almost no critical or market recognition in his lifetime. The Getty bought four Baltrop prints, and another is in LACMA's "Black American Portraits."
|George Rodriguez, Los Angeles, 1992 (negative), 2021 (print)|
|Peter Hujar, Portrait of Ethyl Eichelberger, 1981|
|Shirin Neshat, Grace Under Duty, 1994|
|Deana Lawson, Coulson Family, 2008|