The Art Gallery of NSW has a new director. Expatriate Australian Michael Brand, currently at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and formerly of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, will return home to take the reins in Sydney after the 33-year tenure of Edmund Capon.

"If I could write a script for a director with the right skill base and the right qualities, it would be Michael Brand," Steven Lowy, chair of the gallery's board of trustees, told Crikey this morning.