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Stephen W. Clark joins Getty from New York's Museum of Modern Art

February 13, 2008

LOS ANGELES—James Wood, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, announced today that Stephen W. Clark has been appointed vice president and general counsel. Mr. Clark, who has been deputy general counsel of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, will assume his position April 21. 

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Stephen as our new general counsel. He brings both strong legal credentials and a deep knowledge and practical experience of the complex issues that the art world and the museum community face today.” said James Wood. 

At MoMA, Mr. Clark has been involved in a broad variety of legal issues, including labor and employment matters, questions related to provenance and title to works of art, copyright, contract, and corporate governance issues.  “I look forward to addressing new challenges at the J. Paul Getty Trust, which is both firmly rooted in Los Angeles and deeply involved in art initiatives around the globe.  The Getty's extraordinary staff and programs present a unique opportunity for a lawyer in the visual arts," said Mr. Clark.

Currently president of the Museum Association of New York, Mr. Clark has participated on several committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and has served on the faculty of the American Law Institute/American Bar Association.  He has lectured extensively around the world and contributed to Who Owns the Past? Cultural Policy, Cultural Property, And the Law, edited by Kate Fitz Gibbon, published in 2005 by Rutgers University Press, and to Studies in Art Law 15, Claims for the Restitution of Looted Art:, edited by Marc-Andre Renold and Pierre Gabus, published by Schulthess, Geneva in 2004.

Mr. Clark received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in 1981, where he was awarded the Thomas McNaughton Prize for Excellence in English.  Before attending Fordham University School of Law, where he received his J.D. degree in 1990, he worked for MoMA in various capacities, and for the American Craft Museum in New York City as assistant director.  After associate positions at law firms in New Orleans and New York City, he joined MoMA as assistant general counsel in 1994, was named acting general counsel and secretary in 1998, and later that year became associate general counsel.  Mr. Clark was appointed to his current position in 2002.

Peter Erichsen, who had served as the Getty’s general counsel since 2001, resigned in the fall of 2007 to rejoin his previous law firm, Ropes and Gray, as partner.  Lori Fox, deputy general counsel, served as acting general counsel following his departure and she will resume her previous post with Mr. Clark’s arrival.

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications

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