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See ‘World War I: War of Images, Images of War’ at the Getty Center, Los Angeles

Posted  19 November 2014 in News  
By Kate Clements
'The Trench', Félix Vallotton. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.PR.1) Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Richard A. Simms

One hundred years after the start of the First World War, this new exhibition at the Getty Center in Los Angeles is an original examination of the art and politics of the first modern war as well as artists’ first-hand accounts.

On view at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) at the Getty Center from 18 November 2014 until 19 April 2015, World War I: War of Images, Images of War examines the art and visual culture of the First World War.

Drawn principally from the GRI’s Special Collections, and including key loans, the exhibition demonstrates the distinctive ways in which combatant nations utilized visual propaganda against their enemies and explores how individual artists developed their own visual language to convey and cope with the gruesome horrors they witnessed.

The display features the artists Umberto Boccioni, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fernand Léger, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Natalia Goncharova, Félix Vallotton, and many others.

The exhibition contains 150 objects that represent a range of media, including satirical illustrated journals, print portfolios, postcards, photographs and first-hand accounts such as a war diary, correspondence from the front, and trench art made by soldiers.

The work on view is primarily from Germany, France, Italy, Russia and the United States.

The “War of Images” section of the exhibition includes an exploration of satirical journals and visual propaganda; whilst the “Images of War” section offers an intriguing insight into personal encounters with war.

Find out more about the exhibition.

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