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January 25, 2014 | By Suzanne Muchnic
"It's not about more. It's about better," says Scott Schaefer, the J. Paul Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings, a few days before his retirement. "The Getty's collections are meant to be small even though they are meant to be great. We have added 70 pictures; we have also deaccessioned 70 pictures. So the collection is the same size as when I started - about 430 paintings and pastels - but it's better," he says. As Schaefer prepares to leave his corner office at the Getty Center as well as the galleries he has visited almost daily, he leaves an impressive record of exhibitions organized under his purview.
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January 25, 2014 | By Suzanne Muchnic
"It's not about more. It's about better," says Scott Schaefer, the J. Paul Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings, a few days before his retirement. "The Getty's collections are meant to be small even though they are meant to be great. We have added 70 pictures; we have also deaccessioned 70 pictures. So the collection is the same size as when I started - about 430 paintings and pastels - but it's better," he says. As Schaefer prepares to leave his corner office at the Getty Center as well as the galleries he has visited almost daily, he leaves an impressive record of exhibitions organized under his purview.
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September 12, 1987 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
Scott Schaefer, the County Museum of Art's curator of European paintings and sculpture for the past seven years, has resigned. Citing "differences" with administration over "what a museum is about" but declining to elaborate on them, Schaefer told The Times he will leave the museum at the end of the year. Museum Director Earl A. Powell also declined to comment on any philosophical differences that might have prompted Schaefer's departure.
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December 12, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Scott Schaefer, who has played a key role in building the collections of Los Angeles' two biggest art museums over the last 33 years, will retire next month from his job as the Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings. Since joining the Getty in 1999, Schaefer has overseen the acquisition of 70 paintings and pastels and five sculptures, including “Rembrandt Laughing,” a recently purchased self-portrait of the artist as a young man; Edouard Manet's “Portrait of Madame Brunet,” J.M.W.
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December 12, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Scott Schaefer, who has played a key role in building the collections of Los Angeles' two biggest art museums over the last 33 years, will retire next month from his job as the Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings. Since joining the Getty in 1999, Schaefer has overseen the acquisition of 70 paintings and pastels and five sculptures, including “Rembrandt Laughing,” a recently purchased self-portrait of the artist as a young man; Edouard Manet's “Portrait of Madame Brunet,” J.M.W.
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March 16, 1988 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Scott Schaefer, the County Museum of Art's former curator of European painting and sculpture, has joined the world of commerce at Sotheby's. As vice president and senior consulting expert for fine arts and museum development at the New York auction house, Schaefer will develop clients, maintain relationships with the museum community and provide assistance on Sotheby's catalogues.
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July 14, 2001
I was interested by Scott Schaefer's reference to the recently sold Berggruen Cezanne as "a B-level painting" in Suzanne Muchnic's article about his purchase of a Monet for the Getty Museum ("A High 'Light' for the Getty," July 9). If I remember my art history studies and some of the reading I have done since then, Monet has always been considered the lightweight of the Impressionists--especially when compared to Cezanne. I would be interested to learn the letter grades Schaefer would give to LACMA's Van Dyck and Titian, which he purchased.
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July 9, 2004 | From staff and wire reports
The first painting by the Dutch Old Master Jan Vermeer to be sold at an auction in more than 80 years was bought for more than $30.1 million Wednesday. The 10-by-8-inch picture, "Young Woman Seated at the Virginals," far exceeded the reserve price of $5.5 million when it went under the hammer at Sotheby's in central London. A company spokeswoman said it was sold to an anonymous buyer for $30,101,472, including a buyer's premium.
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October 3, 2005 | Lynne Heffley
The "Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos, Marchese del Vasto, in Armor With a Page" is considered one of Titian's finest paintings. A much-celebrated recent purchase by the J. Paul Getty Museum -- "among the most important acquisitions the museum has made," says Scott Schaefer, curator of paintings -- it is the basis for a new single-theme exhibition, "Titian and the Commander: A Renaissance Artist and His Patron," running Tuesday through Feb. 5 at the Getty Museum.
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September 25, 2010 | Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Would Lynda Resnick have been able to save Marie Antoinette from the guillotine? It's difficult not to wonder as much when the marketing dynamo, known as the POM Queen for the pomegranate-juice empire she runs with husband Stewart, starts discussing the French queen's public relations problems. Wearing a flesh-colored Dior dress with Louboutin shoes, Resnick was standing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in front of a painting she owns: a luminescent portrait of a young Marie Antoinette by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée.
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September 12, 1987 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
Scott Schaefer, the County Museum of Art's curator of European paintings and sculpture for the past seven years, has resigned. Citing "differences" with administration over "what a museum is about" but declining to elaborate on them, Schaefer told The Times he will leave the museum at the end of the year. Museum Director Earl A. Powell also declined to comment on any philosophical differences that might have prompted Schaefer's departure.
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May 4, 1986 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
Three fine 17th-Century Dutch paintings have been added to the County Museum of Art's collection, thanks to the Ahmanson Foundation. The foundation recently bought "Still Life With Oysters and Grapes" (1653) by Jan Davidsz. de Heem, "Banquet Still Life" (1667) by Abraham van Beyeren and "Forest Clearing With Cattle" (circa 1665-70) by Philips Koninck at undisclosed prices and presented them to the museum, where they now hang in the 17th-Century Dutch galleries in the Ahmanson Building.
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December 15, 2006 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
The J. Paul Getty Museum is having what amounts to a garage sale -- only theirs is expected to bring in as much as $2 million. Through Sotheby's auction house, the Getty plans to dispose of 39 paintings, mainly 17th century Dutch and Flemish works that Scott Schaefer, curator of paintings, said were acquired by J. Paul Getty to hang at his homes.
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