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Thursday, December 2, 2010

High Museum appoints new photography curator

Brett Abbott, associate curator in the department of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, will join the High April 1 as its new photography curator. He replaces Julian Cox, who left last August.

From the press release:

“In addition to his extensive knowledge of the history of photography and exciting repertoire of recent scholarship, Brett brings a fresh and energetic perspective to our curatorial team,” said David Brenneman, the High’s Director of Collections and Exhibitions. “We look forward to welcoming him to the High and his stewardship of the museum’s robust photography collection, as well as introducing him to Atlanta’s thriving photography community.”

A member of the curatorial staff at the J. Paul Getty Museum since 2002, Abbott has been integral in managing the museum’s important collection of photographs, including mounting exhibitions, researching and publishing the collection and building the holdings through acquisitions and gifts. He recently received the 2010 Lucie Award for Curator/Exhibition of the Year for his organization of the exhibition and its related publication “Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties,” the Getty’s highest-attended photography exhibition to date. Abbott also received the 2007 Lucie Award for Curator/Exhibition of the Year for “Edward Weston: Enduring Vision” and edited its companion publication, “Edward Weston’s Book of Nudes.”

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