The J. Paul Getty Museum’s director, Timothy Potts, announced earlier today that the museum’s drawings curator Julian Brooks has been appointed senior curator and head of that department. Brooks succeeds retiring head Lee Hendrix, who capped off his 32-year career at the Los Angeles, California museum last month.
Prior to joining the Getty in 2004, Brooks spent four year as a print room supervisor for the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford. Since then he has organized a number of prominent exhibitions at the Getty, including “Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention,” which he co-curated and which enjoyed one of the highest visitor totals in the museum’s history. More recently Brooks authored Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action and Master Drawings Close-Up.
In a press statement Potts noted that “throughout his 12 years at the Getty, Julian distinguished himself as a curator of outstanding exhibitions … and as a connoisseur of drawings for acquisition, at the same time, becoming progressively more and more involved with the management of the department.”