Getty Research Institute to present a sneak preview of Thomas Demand’s new work, Pacific Sun

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LOS ANGELES, CA.- Thomas Demand is known for uncanny photographs and films made from his meticulous recreations of press or mass media images—often historic incidents or current events involving disaster or threat. During his recent stay in California as the artist-in-residence at the Getty Research Institute, Demand chose as his subject disturbing online footage of the tumultuous effects of big waves rocking a cruise ship called the Pacific Sun. Before this new work is presented at galleries internationally, the Getty will present a sneak preview of Pacific Sun (2011) as part of a conversation with the artist, Oscar-winning film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, and Michael Fried, author of Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before (2008) and the R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and Art History at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore,