Getty Art + Ideas
Getty Art + Ideas
Nov 25, 2020
At Home with the Arensbergs and their Avant-garde Art Collection
Play • 48 min

“The Arensbergs’ staging of the art in their collection, it’s both playful, but like chess, it is really serious business.”

The 1913 Armory Show of avant-garde European art sparked a life-changing fascination with collecting in Louise and Walter Arensberg. The couple quickly became influential participants in New York’s bohemian art scene. In 1921 the Arensbergs moved to Los Angeles, where they spent the next few decades building a vast and idiosyncratic art collection in their Mediterranean Revival home in the Hollywood Hills. Works by Duchamp, Picasso, and Brancusi lived alongside pre-Columbian sculptures, eclectic antique furnishings, and thousands of rare books by and about the philosopher Sir Francis Bacon. The riotous display of art in their home excited and overwhelmed visitors—everyone from members of the public to important artists of the day.

The Arensbergs’ LA story, including their art-filled house, is the focus of the book Hollywood Arensberg: Avant-Garde Collecting in Midcentury LA,published by Getty Publications. In this episode, coauthors Mark Nelson, partner at McCall Associates and designer of this book; William H. Sherman, director of the Warburg Institute, London; and Ellen Hoobler, associate curator at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, discuss the Arensbergs and their obsessive approach to collecting and displaying art.

For images, transcripts, and more, visit getty.edu/podcasts.

The Lonely Palette
The Lonely Palette
Tamar Avishai
BonusEp 0.4: Tamar Avishai interviews Ralph Steadman
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37 min
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The Art Angle
Artnet News
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38 min
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The Great Women Artists
Katy Hessel
Rebecca VanDiver on Lois Mailou Jones
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51 min
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Literary Friction
Literary Friction
Literary Friction - Year in Review 2020
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50 min
Talk Art
Talk Art
Russell Tovey and Robert Diament
Dame Julia Peyton-Jones DBE
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1 hr 11 min
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