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R.I.P. James Wood – “Leader among museum leaders”

James Wood, the CEO of The Getty Center in Los Angeles and prominent museum leader and scholar, passed away at the age of 69. Jori Finkel called him a “leader among museum leaders” in this post on Culture Monster, an arts blog that is part of the LA Times.

Michael Govan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art:
James Wood and Anne d’Harnoncourt [of the Philadelphia Museum of Art] were the two museum directors that people really looked up to — they were the ones who made it safe for people like me to go into the museum world. They had a kind of clarity and elegance about their sense of purpose, what they were doing and how they were doing it. They were leaders, that was clear: They composed themselves as leaders, they spoke of themselves as leaders.

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