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Artful retirement ahead for Getty senior curator Scott Schaefer
Artful retirement ahead for Getty senior curator Scott Schaefer

"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. But he...

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