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BIG NAMES WANT GETTY POST DIRECTOR'S QUITTING FOLLOWED BY RASH OF CALLS FROM INTERESTED CANDIDATES.



Byline: Valerie Kuklenski Staff Writer

Within hours of learning of the surprise resignation of the director of the J. Paul Getty Jean Paul Getty (December 15, 1892 – June 6, 1976) was an American industrialist and founder of the Getty Oil Company. Biography
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 Museum, many candidates quickly threw their names in the hat to take her place, officials said Tuesday.

Barry Munitz, chairman and chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust The J. Paul Getty Trust is the world's wealthiest art institution with an estimated endowment of $5.8 billion. Based in Los Angeles, it operates two museums: the J. Paul Getty Museum in Brentwood and the Getty Villa in Malibu, California. , said the day after the announcement of Deborah Gribbon's resignation was ``an intriguing, fascinating day.''

``Not the least fascinating pieces of it are the calls from people who'd love to have the job, which has completely taken me aback,'' Munitz said, characterizing the unidentified prospects as ``remarkably important people.''

``It's intrigued me for two reasons - one, that it happened so quickly, and the other, that they don't seem to be the least bit distressed about the situation here.''

``The situation'' is Gribbon's departure on Oct. 31 over differences ``on a number of critical issues'' with the leaders of the trust. She did not elaborate on those conflicts in her written statement nor in an interview Tuesday.

``I truly do believe that the point here is to not let these differences become a distraction'' from the Getty's work, she said.

Munitz maintained that he did not know what differences would have compelled Gribbon to step down after 20 years with the Getty Museum, the last four as its director. Gribbon's reportedly made in excess of $425,000 in 2002.

``It's not big by size, but this is a very wealthy, very complicated institution,'' said Munitz, former chancellor of California State University Enrollment
. ``People have different styles. They have different values. That happens all the time. I've never believed that the criteria for success was everybody being the same.''

He also questioned reports of a morale problem at the institution.

``If morale in a museum is such an issue, I'm not responsible for the museum. And it's got to be interesting that the deputy (William Griswold) has agreed to be the acting director.''

Her departure comes as the Getty Trust is preparing for next fall's reopening of the Getty Villa The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, USA, is part of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.  in Malibu, the first public home to the art collection developed by oil magnate J. Paul Getty. It will house the trust's well-known Greek and Roman antiquities.

Gribbon is one of a number of high-ranking officials who have left the Getty in recent years, among them executive vice president and chief operating officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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 Stephen Rountree and senior executive Lori Starr. Rountree left to take charge of the Los Angeles Music Center The Music Center (officially named the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County) is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the nation. Located in downtown Los Angeles, the Music Center is home to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper  as it was opening the Disney Concert Hall, while Starr moved to the senior vice president post at the Skirball Cultural Center This article or section is written like an .
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. Munitz pointed to both as great promotions.

``In a place like this, people come and go,'' he said. ``They're very visible, they're terrific, and people are going to pick them off.''

Gribbon was associate director and chief curator through the museum's acquisition boom in the late 1980s through the mid-'90s, when its purchases of important works by van Gogh, Monet and others attracted attention within the art world and without.

In the four years she was director, the museum acquired more than 500 works, notably a mid-16th century Titian Titian (tĭsh`ən), c.1490–1576, Venetian painter, whose name was Tiziano Vecellio, b. Pieve di Cadore in the Dolomites. Of the very first rank among the artists of the Renaissance, Titian had an immense influence on succeeding generations  portrait and the gothic panel painting ``The Adoration of the Magi The Adoration of the Magi is the name traditionally given to a Christian religious scene in which the three Magi, often represented as kings, especially in the West, having found Jesus by following a star, lay before him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh: in the church  with Saint Anthony Saint Anthony most commonly refers to:
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  • Anthony of Kiev (c. 983 - 1073)
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 Abbot,'' dating to around 1400.

Valerie Kuklenski, (818) 713-3750

valerie.kuklenski(at)dailynews.com
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