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February 9, 2012 |
When Robert E. Hecht Jr. arrived at the loading platform of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the fall of 1972, he was carrying a large wooden box and was escorted by an armed guard. Inside the box was perhaps the finest Greek vase to survive antiquity, a masterpiece that would soon be making headlines around the world. The Met had agreed to pay a record $1 million for the ancient work. Hecht said it had been in the private collection of a certain Lebanese gentleman.
May 19, 2011 |
In August, when James Cuno steps into the office with the magnificent eastward-looking panoramic view of L.A. that James Wood had occupied as president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, he'll also step into pretty much the same pay package, according to Getty spokesman Ron Hartwig. Had he lived, Wood, who was found dead of natural causes last June in his Brentwood home, was due to earn $728,000 a year in base pay for fiscal 2011-12, plus a $240,000 annual housing stipend; additionally, he would have received $500,000 in deferred payments this year that had been agreed to when he started in 2007.
May 14, 2011 |
Donor intent is the philanthropic doctrine that says the explicit intentions of a donor should be honored in the expenditure of his bequest. At the Getty Trust, donor intent has been thrown under the bus. The late J. Paul Getty never envisioned what the Getty Trust has become. The Getty Trust's board of trustees announced Monday that James Cuno has been appointed president and chief executive of what is now routinely called the nation's wealthiest art institution. He starts work Aug.1.
February 25, 2011
Play somewhere else Re "Looking for that common ground," Feb. 21 Everyone has the right to visit our public lands, but no one has the right to abuse them. This includes Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who last weekend traveled to Algodones Dunes to try his hand at driving a dune buggy designed to roar over sand dunes at breakneck speeds. The Algodones Dunes area used to be home to a variety of rare species. It is also considered to be one of the most dangerous off-road areas in the nation, with numerous deaths and injuries that result from out-of-control driving.
February 20, 2011 |
In the fall of 1973, a package arrived in a Rome newsroom. Delayed by an Italian postal strike, its contents had begun to spoil. Inside were a lock of red hair and a piece of rotting flesh. It bore a telltale freckle. The flesh was an ear belonging to the grandson of J. Paul Getty. One of the richest men in the world, Getty had publicly refused to negotiate with the men who had kidnapped the younger Getty in Rome three months before. Now the oilman agreed to pay $2.2 million, the most he claimed could be deducted from his taxes as a theft loss.
February 8, 2011 |
Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most influential and controversial photographers of the 20th century, made his name in New York. Now, with a surprising joint acquisition by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his life's work is heading to Los Angeles. The two museums have together acquired some 2,000 of Mapplethorpe's most famous photographs. Included is the estate's last remaining "XYZ Portfolio," a set of images featuring his highly sculptural flowers and his powerfully sculpted male nudes.