Art Institute of Chicago’s James Cuno Named President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust

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LOS ANGELES (REUTERS).- The Getty Trust on Monday named James Cuno to head up its renowned art museums and collections, the second time it has tapped a leader of the Art Institute of Chicago to run its wide-ranging arts programs. Cuno, who oversaw the opening of the Art Institute of Chicago’s $300 million Modern Wing during his seven years as the museum’s director, will succeed the late James Wood, who died last year. Wood preceded Cuno at the Art Institute. Cuno, 60, has written a book about museums that boast encyclopedic collections, and the chairman of Getty’s Board of Trustees called him “an ideal candidate.” “The Getty needs a leader with an understanding of all aspects of the visual arts, who is known and respected around the world for intellectual curiosity and achievement,” board chairman Mark Siegel said in a statement. The Getty, launched in 1954 by billionaire industrialist and collector J. Paul Getty, has a budget