Thomas Gaehtgens: German art historian to head Getty library

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Thomas W. Gaehtgens, an internationally respected art historian, has been appointed director of the Getty Research Institute.

Gaehtgens, 67, will join the institute on Nov. 1. He currently heads the German Center for the History of Art in Paris, which he founded in 1997.

His appointment, announced Tuesday, concludes a 10-month search for a successor to Thomas Crow, who said last fall that he was accepting a chair in modern art history at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

The Getty Research Institute, a branch of the J. Paul Getty Trust, provides resources to art researchers and operates one of the world's largest art history libraries. It also organizes public exhibitions, lectures and conferences.

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