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This profile was last updated on 2/14/09  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Commentator
    Jewish
  • Critic
    Jewish
  • Chairman
    Norton Simon Inc.
  • Dean
    UCLA's Graduate School of Business

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Web References
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"Though not as widely known as Berenson," notes George Goodman, " Paul Joseph Sachs, too, had a patriarchal influence in the world of art museums -- in America and abroad.
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[GOODMAN, #2, p.2, p. 54] Sachs' father and uncle founded the prominent Goldman, Sachs New York investment firm.
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"Two other Jewish protégés," notes Goodman, "happened to be Sach's relatives" -- Charles Kuhn and James Sachs Plaut (eventual head of the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art). [GOODMAN, #2, p. 57] Yet another Sachs relative, Samuel Sachs II, became head of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1973, then later Director of the Detroit Institute for the Arts and New York's Frick Collection.
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"Two other Jewish protégés," notes Goodman, "happened to be Sach's relatives" -- Charles Kuhn and James Sachs Plaut (eventual head of the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art). [GOODMAN, #2, p. 57] Yet another Sachs relative, Samuel Sachs II, became head of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1973, then later Director of the Detroit Institute for the Arts and New York's Frick Collection.
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The patriarch Sachs, says Goodman, "largely invented the notion of curatorial training. [GOODMAN, #2, p. 145]
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At New York University alone, Jewish refugee art professors included Richard Ettinghaven, Walter Friedlander , Karl Lehman, Alfred Salmony, Guido Schoenberger, and Martin Weinberger. [GOODMAN, #2, p. 61]
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[GOODMAN, #2, p. 61] Wealthy Jewish patron Peggy Guggenheim sponsored and helped build the career of famous Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock whose wife, Lee Krasner (formerly Lena Kreisner) was also Jewish.
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[GOODMAN, #2, p. 71] (Future Met head Thomas Hoving also became a Rorimer "protege" when Rorimer hired him as an assistant curator.) [MEYER, K., 1979, p. 94] "Following the precedents set by Geldzahler," adds Goodman, "two Jews have since held the prized curatorship of modern art at the Metropolitan.
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[GOODMAN, #2, p. 71] (Future Met head Thomas Hoving also became a Rorimer "protege" when Rorimer hired him as an assistant curator.) [MEYER, K., 1979, p. 94] "Following the precedents set by Geldzahler," adds Goodman, "two Jews have since held the prized curatorship of modern art at the Metropolitan.
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Stern's sister, Adele Levy, was a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art ." [GOODMAN, #2, p. 72]
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" [GOODMAN, #2, p. 73] Throughout the Met too, galleries, rooms, theatres, and gardens are named after Jewish sponsors including Iris and B. Gerald Canter, Helene and Michael David-Weill, Lawrence and Barbara Fleishman, Howard Gilman, Leon Levy, Henry R. Kravis, Janice H. Levin, Carroll and Milton Petrie, Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sacker, Laurence Tisch, and Ruth and Harold Uris. (Among the various Jewish curators at the Museum is Barbara Weinberg, head of American Paintings and Sculpture).
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"As a Jew," notes George Goodman, "she was also attracted to avant-garde works considered 'degenerate' by the Nazis. [GOODMAN, #2, p. 135] In 1984, Barron married a LACMA (Jewish) trustee, Robert Gore Rifkind.
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"It would have been newsworthy for the County Museum to hire a woman, an African-American, an Asian, or a Hispanic, "says Jewish commentator George Goodman, "but few points would be scored [publicly] for hiring a Jewish director [this was, after all, the norm].
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As Goodman noted it in his article in Modern Judaism about what he calls the "Jewish Art Elite":
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"Although [Director Richard] Koshalek deserves much of the credit for MOCA's success," says George Goodman, "he has several talented associates, among whom were the Jews Sherri Geldin, an administrator, and Paul Schimmel, previously a curator at southern California's Newport Harbor Art Museum ." [GOODMAN, #2, p. 139] Noteworthy Jewish philanthropy to MOCA includes that of Barry Lowen, Marcia Weissman, and Taft and Rita Schreiber.
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"Although [Director Richard] Koshalek deserves much of the credit for MOCA's success," says George Goodman, "he has several talented associates, among whom were the Jews Sherri Geldin, an administrator, and Paul Schimmel, previously a curator at southern California's Newport Harbor Art Museum ." [GOODMAN, #2, p. 139] Noteworthy Jewish philanthropy to MOCA includes that of Barry Lowen, Marcia Weissman, and Taft and Rita Schreiber.
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[MUCHNIC, S, p. F1, 5] "For better or for worse," says Jewish critic George Goodman, "the museum world is full of -- and to a large degree formed by -- prima donnas.
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Rich Jewish businessmen with enormous art hoards have also created major museums and named them after themselves in Los Angeles to house their collections: the Norton Simon Museum (the Simon's board of trustees "was led by Jennifer Jones, his second wife, and other relatives") [GOODMAN, #2, p. 147] and the Armand Hammer Cultural Center , respectively."The boondoggle of the Hammer Cultural Center -- within a lifetime of [Armand Hammer's] fraud and deception," notes George Goodman, "is ... documented in Edward Epstein's biography of Hammer.
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[GOODMAN, #2, p. 141] [See also Carl Blumay's indicting biography of the ruthlessly corrupt Hammer].
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[GOODMAN, #2, p. 141] Hammer also, notes Elliot Horowitz, "identified himself ... falsely as a Unitarian Protestant throughout most of his life, even after becoming the CEO of Occidental Petroleum ...
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In 1998, after 17 years, Harold Williams left the presidency of the J. Paul Getty Trust . Williams, notes George Goodman, was "raised in a Labor Zionist home in East Los Angeles. [GOODMAN, #2, p. 142] Williams had earlier retired as Norton Simon Inc.'s chairman of the board at age 42. He later served as the Dean of UCLA's Graduate School of Business and Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in the President Carter administration. The new president of the J. Paul Getty Trust is another Jewish administrator, Barry Munitz, formerly the chancellor of both the California State University system and the University of Houston . Munitz's "current project," says Goodman, "is the renovation and expansion of the [ Getty branch] in Malibu, which will open in 2001 ...
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[GOODMAN, #2, p. 144] The new Getty Center opened in 1998, designed by Jewish architect Richard Meier and built at a cost of $1 billion.
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[GOODMAN, #2, p. 123] "Some eyebrows," says Jewish author George Goodman,
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"Hoffberger," notes George Goodman, "remains active as a volunteer in Jewish organizations, and [is] devoted to Torah study. [GOODMAN, #2, p. 132]
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