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Pia Gottschaller


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Pia Gottschaller FRSA is a technical art historian with a specialisation in modern and contemporary painting practice. She holds a BA in art history from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (1994), a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings from The Courtauld (1997), and a PhD in art technology from Technische Universität München (2004).

Before joining the Conservation Department at The Courtauld, Pia was a Senior Research Specialist in the Science Department of the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles. Prior appointments included positions in paintings conservation at the Tate, London, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Menil Collection, Houston, and at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA. She was also an Associate Curator at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, and Assistant Fine Arts Director at the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome. From 2005-7, she was a Postdoc Research Fellow at Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome, and in 2012-13 a Caroline Villers Research Fellow in Technical Art History at the Courtauld. From January to October 2021, she is a Getty Conservation Guest Scholar.

Pia’s publications explore the meaningful relationship between an artist’s subject, materials and methods, for which she often relies on interviewing artists. Recent essays examine the subject of temporality and transience in contemporary painting and the artistic practices of Cheyney Thompson, Jay DeFeo, and Luiz Sacilotto. She is the author of monographs on Blinky Palermo and Lucio Fontana, the co-editor of books on North American sculpture and drawing from the 1960s as well as Latin American Concrete art, and has written essays on the painting pracrices of a variety of European, North and South American artists. A new book projects for Getty Publications focuses on the role of tools in contemporary practice.



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