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Gary Garrels

THERE WERE A HANDFUL of small surprises wrapped inside the recent announcement that Gary Garrels, the forty-eight-year-old Elise S. Haas Chief Curator of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, had been named chief curator in the department of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. First, of course, was that Margit Rowell was giving up the post after six successful years, deciding to move back to Paris where curators are not so obliged to spend massive amounts of time hunting up funding for their shows. In fact, Garrels had distinguished himself in San Francisco as a stellar fund-raiser, courtier to such rich patrons as Phyllis Wattis, and a mender of fences with collectors Harry W. “Hunk” and Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson (Garrels’s final show in San Francisco will be a mammoth survey of the Andersons’ collection).

Even Garrels, who isn’t particularly known for his expertise in

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