The New York Times has reported that the Italian government has refused to lend the GETTY MUSEUM a group of bronzes from the Italian National Archeological Museum in Naples for the Getty's gala reopening of its Villa facility. This follows on the heels of the Italians prosecuting former Getty curator Marion True for allegedly trafficking in stolen antiquities. Instead the Getty will dip into its photography collection to put on a major show of early images of archeological sites, which is scheduled to open shortly this month.
VIRGINIA HECKERT has been named Associate Curator at the Getty Museum, replacing Julian Cox, who had left to head up the photography program at the High Museum in Atlanta. Heckert had been the first curator of photographs at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL. She was a collaborator with the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA, in organizing "Candida Hofer: Architecture of Absence", which is currently on view at the Norton Museum.
Meanwhile, replacing Heckert, CHARLES A. STAINBACK has been named curator of photography at the Norton Museum of Art. The former director of the Aperture Foundation's Burden Gallery, the International Center for Photography and the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Stainback was most recently director of SITE Santa Fe.
In what appears to be a major evolution for an auction house, PHILLIPS DE PURY & CO. is now representing Mario Testino for the sale of his photographic prints and will be hosting an exhibition of his work comprising 36 photographs from January 28 to Feb. 17 in its New York galleries in Chelsea. Included in the show will be iconic images of Madonna, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, along with a selection of his work for Gucci, Vogue and Vanity Fair. As part of what it called a "new strategic development", Phillips de Pury said it would regularly hold such shows in its exhibition space in Chelsea. The exhibitions will run alongside the company's regular auction material and will include a select number of designers, photographers and artists.