Michael Brand
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Michael Brand

Michael Brand
Born (1958-01-09) 9 January 1958 (age 62)
Canberra, Australia
OccupationArt historian and museum director

Michael Brand (born 9 January 1958) is an art scholar from Australia. Throughout his career, Brand has specialised in the art of Asia, in particular Indian art.

Early life

Brand was born in Canberra, but spent several years in the United States while his father was a representative at the International Monetary Fund. He lived in McLean, Virginia in 1971 and 1972, and spent four years studying in Washington, D.C. to complete high school.


Brand completed his undergraduate studies at the Australian National University in 1979, specialising in Art History and Asian Studies, and attained an MA and PhD at Harvard University in 1982 and 1987 respectively.


After completing his studies, Brand worked as the founding head of Asian art at the National Gallery of Australia.[1] He left for the Queensland Art Gallery later that year, and spent four years working as assistant director. In 2000 he moved to Richmond, Virginia to succeed Katherine C. Lee as director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

In August 2005 Brand was appointed director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, refuting speculation that he may have accepted the post of director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he would once again have been following in Lee's footsteps.[2] Brand took up the role of director in January 2006.[3]

In 2012, Brand was appointed ninth Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, following the retirement of Edmund Capon.[4][5][6][7][8][9]


  • The Age of Angkor: treasures from the National Museum of Cambodia, Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, c1992 ISBN 0642130906
  • The Vision of Kings: art and experience in India, Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, c1995 ISBN 0-500-97438-1


  1. ^ "Names in the frame". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 April 2004. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Big names for Cleveland job". Artnet.com. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Getty Museum Close to Naming Director". The New York Times. 15 August 2005. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ Fortescue, Elizabeth (10 February 2012). "Australian Dr Michael Brand is the new director for the Art Gallery of NSW". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Daunted but ambitious, new Art Gallery head Michael Brand". 702 ABC Sydney. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Appoints Michael Brand as Director". Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ Musa, Helen and AP (17 August 2005). "Canberra scholar to head Getty museum". Canberra Times.
  8. ^ "Michael Brand named new director of Art Gallery of NSW". Los Angeles Times. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ Westwood, Matthew (11 February 2012). "Gallery goes for Brand name". The Australian. Retrieved 2012.

Further reading

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Edmund Capon
Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

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