Two museum executives and a sculptor were named Monday recipients of the J. Paul Getty Medal honoring contributions to the practice, understanding and support of the arts.
The awards will be presented in September to Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Agnes Gund, president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and minimalist sculptor Richard Serra, a native of San Francisco.
“The Getty Medal embodies and promotes excellence in the fields in which we work,” said Maria Hummer-Tuttle, chair of the J. Paul Getty Trust Board of Trustees. “We are honored to present the medal this year to three leaders and creative forces within the visual arts.”
Getty officials said Golden has helped turn the Studio Museum into “one of our nation’s most dynamic visual arts institutions,” while Gund has shown “unparalleled” leadership and philanthropy, particularly through the founding of the Art for Justice Fund. Serra, meanwhile, was hailed by Getty officials as the leading sculptor of his generation, with works that “transform our ideas about sculpture itself.”
The trio will be honored at a Sept. 23 dinner at the Getty Center.
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