The Getty has launched its Open Content Program with the aim of sharing its digital resources as widely and freely as possible. They are starting with material from the museum but will be adding content from the Research Institute and Conservation Institutes over time. These images can be used “for any purpose without first seeking permission from the Getty” – that’s right, any purpose, although you do need to inform them when using Getty images in publications. To get a taste of what’s available so far, you can browse the collections here. To download a high-res copy, click on the Primary Title link of the work you want and select Download beneath the image thumbnail.
Read more about this initiative on the Getty blog, The Iris
Published June 5, 2012
Tags: getty, museums
Finally! After much anticipation, the Getty Research Portal, developed by the Getty Research Institute, is available. It contains links to over 20,000 art history titles, from the Getty and eight other institutions, with plans to keep on growing. And, it’s endorsed by our own Prof. Ann Jensen Adams!
Over 2,000 works by Robert Mapplethorpe and an extensive collection of negatives, personal letters, and other documentation has been jointly acquired by LACMA and the J. Paul Getty Trust from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The partners were chosen for several reasons, including the emergence of Los Angeles as a major cultural center, and the Getty Research Institute’s archival resources. The Mapplethorpe Foundation gifted most of the material and the rest was funded by the David Geffen Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust.
The two institutions are planning several publications and collaborative exhibitions. This is the first such joint acquisition by the two. The result will be the richest collection of Mapplethorpe material in one place, both for the public and for scholars.
Read full story in the LA Times here.