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Professor Gets Getty Research Fellowship

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Photo of Robert Jensen in front of the Getty Research Institute
Robert Jensen in front of the Getty Research Institute

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Jensen, whose primary area of research has been the market for modern art in Western Europe and the United States, will use his research for a book he is writing about five self-portraits made by Central European artists at the turn of the 20th century – Anders Zorn, Lovis Corinth, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Egon Schiele, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – as well as a short book on the rise of the market for modern art and the impact of the one-person show on how artists conceive and create their work.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2003) -- Robert Jensen, an associate professor of art in the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, is spending the 2003-04 academic year as a research fellow in the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Calif.

Jensen, who has taught at UK since 1995, was invited to join a group of art historians and other scholars from around the world to perform research on a specific theme at the institute. This year’s institute theme is “markets and value.”

“The visiting scholars have been asked to explore the relationship between ‘aesthetic value’ and ‘market value’,” Jensen said. “Everyone here has a different approach to the problem, ranging from broad, theoretical investigations in the problem of assigning value to art to specific empirical studies of how individuals have valued art over the last five centuries,” he added.

Jensen, whose primary area of research has been the market for modern art in Western Europe and the United States, will use his research for a book he is writing about five self-portraits made by Central European artists at the turn of the 20th century – Anders Zorn, Lovis Corinth, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Egon Schiele, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – as well as a short book on the rise of the market for modern art and the impact of the one-person show on how artists conceive and create their work.

The Getty Research Institute offers a salary replacement, travel and other expenses for the research fellows.

Jensen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of Oregon and a master’s and doctorate in the history of art from the University of California, Berkeley.


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