Thomas W. Gaehtgens

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Thomas W. Gaehtgens (born June 24, 1940 in Leipzig) is a German art historian with special interest in French and German art and art history from the 18th to the 20th century. He was the founding director of the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris (Centre Allemand d'Histoire de l'Art de Paris; German Center for the History of Art, Paris) and was director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California. [1]

Leipzig Place in Saxony, Germany

Leipzig is the most populous city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. With a population of 581,980 inhabitants as of 2017 it is Germany's tenth most populous city. Leipzig is located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) southwest of Berlin at the confluence of the White Elster, Pleiße and Parthe rivers at the southern end of the North German Plain.

Paris Capital of France

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Getty Research Institute organization with archives and databases for art history and provenance research

The Getty Research Institute (GRI), located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, is "dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts".

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Scholarly life and work

In 1966, Gaehtgens completed his Ph.D. dissertation on the French Renaissance sculptor, Germain Pilon, at the University of Bonn. In 1972 he published his Habilitationsschrift about Joseph-Marie Vien at the University of Göttingen. For some years he worked as an adjunct professor at the Art History Seminar of this university. From 1979 to 1980, he spent some research time at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. From 1980 until his retirement in 2006 he was Professor of Art History at the Free University of Berlin. [2]

Germain Pilon French artist

Germain Pilon was a French Renaissance sculptor.

University of Bonn public research university located in Bonn, Germany

The University of Bonn is a public research university located in Bonn, Germany. It was founded in its present form as the Rhein University on 18 October 1818 by Frederick William III, as the linear successor of the Kurkölnische Akademie Bonn which was founded in 1777. The University of Bonn offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate programs in a range of subjects and has 544 professors and 32,500 students. Its library holds more than five million volumes.

Joseph-Marie Vien French painter

Joseph-Marie Vien, French painter, was born at Montpellier. He was the last holder of the post of Premier peintre du Roi, serving from 1789 to 1791.

Soon after his appointment to Berlin's University, Gaehtgens began turning his attention to pre-twentieth-century American art, which was not a primary field for art historians at German universities at that time. In 1985–86 he was a visiting scholar with the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities. In 1988, this led to a major exhibition of American 18th- and 19th-century painting in Germany. In 1992, Gaehtgens took over the organization of the Twenty-Eighth International Congress of the History of Art in Berlin. From 1992 to 1996, Gaehtgens was president of the Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA), which is supported by the Association of Art Historians. [3] In 1997, he founded, with German, French, and Swiss colleagues, the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris (Centre Allemand d'Histoire de l'Art de Paris), which organizes conferences, symposia, and workshops, undertakes research projects, and has published many books on art. From 1998 to 1999 he was Chaire européenne at the Collège de France. In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. [4]

The Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA) is an international committee that endeavors to improve art historical research.

Association of Art Historians

The Association of Art Historians (AAH) promotes the professional practice and public understanding of art history. It was formed in 1974, is based in London, England, and is a registered charity.

Collège de France Higher education and research establishment

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In November 2007, he was appointed director of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles, California. [5] [6] [7] According to the late James N. Wood, formerly president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, "Thomas Gaehtgens is uniquely qualified to serve as director of the Getty Research Institute. His contributions to our appreciation and understanding of the visual arts through his own scholarship, his creation of opportunities for others, and his realization of a wide range of publications, combined with his international experience and network of colleagues, assure the continuing dynamism of the GRI and promises new opportunities for its exceptional staff."

James Nowell Wood was an American museum director who spent 25 years as head of the Art Institute of Chicago and later served as head of the J. Paul Getty Trust, starting in 2006.

J. Paul Getty Trust The J. Paul Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy.

The J. Paul Getty Trust is one of world's wealthiest art institutions with an estimated endowment in 2017 of $US 6.9 billion. Based in Los Angeles, California, it operates the J. Paul Getty Museum, which has two locations, the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades district of Los Angeles, California. Its other programs are the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Conservation Institute.

In 2009, Gaehtgens received the Grand prix de la francophonie of the Académie française [8] and in 2011 an honorary doctorate from the Paris-Sorbonne University. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. [9]

The Grand Prix de la francophonie is presented annually by the Académie française at the initiative of the Canadian Government to a personality who contributes to the development of the French language throughout the world.

Académie française Pre-eminent council for the French language

The Académie française is the pre-eminent French council for matters pertaining to the French language. The Académie was officially established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister to King Louis XIII. Suppressed in 1793 during the French Revolution, it was restored as a division of the Institut de France in 1803 by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the oldest of the five académies of the institute.

Paris-Sorbonne University French university

Paris-Sorbonne University was a public research university in Paris, France, active from 1971 to 2017. It was the main inheritor of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Paris. In 2018, it was merged with Pierre and Marie Curie University and some smaller entities to forming a new university called Sorbonne University.

In 2009, he published the first issue of the Getty Research Journal, which features the work of established and emerging art historians, museum curators, and conservators around the world as part of the Getty's mission to promote critical thinking in the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world's artistic legacy. [10] In 2011/2012, he co-curated Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980, a scholarly collaboration of artists, curators, critics and over 60 cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months to produce exhibitions that told the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. [11] [12] [13]

According to James Cuno, "Professor Gaehtgens is a committed internationalist, at home in German, French, and English, with students and scholar colleagues around the world sharing his internationalist values and joining him on research and professional projects that advance our common understanding of our world's shared artistic legacy." [14] Gaehtgens retired from his position at the Getty in 2018. [15]

Private life

Thomas Gaehtgens is married to Barbara Gaehtgens, an art historian specializing in Dutch and French 17th century art. They have two children.

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References

  1. https://enfilade18thc.com/2017/05/12/getty-research-institute-director-thomas-gaehtgens-to-retire-in-2018/
  2. Freie Universität Berlin: Verabschiedung des Kunsthistorikers Thomas W. Gaehtgens.
  3. Gaehtgens is still an honorary member of this committee. See .
  4. The Courtauld Institute Honours Professor Thomas Gaehtgens.
  5. The Getty: Current Press Releases: "THOMAS W. GAEHTGENS NAMED DIRECTOR OF THE GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE".
  6. Suzanne Muchnic, "New leader for Getty Research Institute", The Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2007.
  7. Kai Michel, "Zurück ins Paradies: Aus dem Ruhestand startet der deutsche Kunsthistoriker Thomas W. Gaehtgens noch einmal zum Höhenflug – als neuer Leiter des Getty Research Institute in Kalifornien", Die Zeit, August 27, 2007.
  8. Grand Prix de la Francophonie de l’Académie Française: Thomas W. Gaehtgens.
  9. The University of Sydney: The Getty Research Institute’s Scholarly Resources and Research Projects
  10. Getty Research Journal
  11. News from the Getty, January 27, 2010.
  12. The Getty Foundation: Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945—1980.
  13. Roberta Smith, "A New Pin on the Art Map", The New York Times, November 10, 2011.
  14. The Courtauld Institute Honours Professor Thomas Gaehtgens.
  15. http://news.getty.edu/getty-research-institute-director-thomas-w-gaehtgens-to-retire-in-2018.htm

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