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Phillips Collection recruits Klaus Ottmann

Klaus Ottmann, the former curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Southhampton, NY. and an authority on Yves Klein, has joined the Phillips Collection as its first Curator At Large.
With the title comes the responsibilities to manage the Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art, an initiative started in 2007 to organize conversations between artists and their audiences about modern and contemporary art. Ottmann joined the staff October 1.

Klaus Ottmann.

In the announcement, made public Friday, Dorothy Kosinski, the Phillips director, said "in addition to being a seasoned curator and well-respected scholar, Klaus brings to the Phillips deep expertise in publishing and new technologies. His appointment ties directly to the vitality of the Center and the concept of the Phillips as an experiment station."

In his career the German-born Ottmann has organized more than 40 exhibitions in Dallas, Munich, Los Angeles, Frankfurt and Strasbourg, France. He curated the retrospective on conceptual artist Wolfgang Laib that originated at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

For eight years he was curator of exhibitions at Wesleyan University. His position is being underwritten with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 8, 2010; 12:05 AM ET
Categories:  Galleries, Jacqueline Trescott, Museums  | Tags:  Dorothy Kosinski, Klaus Ottmann, Phillips Collection, art curator in Washington  
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