About: Thomas Kren

I'm acting associate director for collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum and ran the Department of Manuscripts from its inception in 1984 until last year. I've curated numerous exhibitions at the Getty, including Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (2003) and A Masterpiece Reconstructed: The Hours of Louis XII (2005), and written books on manuscripts, including, most recently, Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands in the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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See the Book That Was Kept in Storage for 800 Years

Stammheim Missal on display in the Getty Museum galleries

One of the most exciting aspects of curatorial work is the privilege of bringing you great works of art that were rarely seen before their acquisition by the museum. Case in point: the Stammheim Missal, one of the greatest manuscripts… More»

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      JAMES WELLING

      Artists in Light, Paper, Process connect to the history of photography in a tangible way. All seven of the artists in the show work with repetition, seeking to uncover how a similar technique or gesture can lead to unexpected results.

      For his sinuous Water series, James Welling plunged sheets of photographic paper into a basin, achieving through this simple act a remarkable variety of shapes, tones, and colors. “It’s the same gesture again and again, with each result different,” explained our photographs curator. “It’s not about achieving the perfect image one time only, but about mastering the gesture and seeing its diverse realizations.”


      Water, 2009, James Welling, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © James Welling

      07/30/15

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