Designing an exhibition, in miniature.Read More
I'm senior curator of drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, particularly looking after Italian, Spanish, and British works (they're all fairly well-behaved). My own drawing talents are very limited, though I scratch away with a pencil every now and then as an exercise in self-humiliation. Chocolate sustains me through the day. Although I'm English (and even educated at Oxford, so I wear a lot of tweed), I adore California. My accent has softened somewhat, and the Ts have turned to Ds; I now say "Geddy" instead of "Getty."
A chance discovery within an Andrea del Sarto panel.Read More
I find auctions terrifying. Mesmerizing, but terrifying. When a major early Renaissance portrait drawing came up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York a... Read More
I never expected to witness an evening combining British artists Aubrey Beardsley and Thomas Girtin, goth-rocker Marilyn Manson, Ugly Betty, six contemporary American poets,... Read More
Now that the Leonardo exhibition has closed, as co-curator—along with Anne-Lise Desmas, associate curator in the Department of Sculpture and the Decorative Arts—I can... Read More