All is Vanity

L.A. has two high-profile “vanity” shows this fall, both generating controversy: “Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection” at LACMA and “Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection,” opening Oct. 9 at the Huntington. There’s one new twist on this very old controversy: the increasingly sexualized publicity photos of vanity show lenders. The eternally well-preserved Lynda Resnick manages to strike a novel coquettish pose every time a shutter snaps. But it’s not just her. Check out the leather man vibe in this shot of Peter Marino, from the Huntington press release.

I’m guessing it’s the first time a Huntington lender has showed his tats. Maybe collectors are getting younger and more concerned about appearance, but gee… it wasn’t so long ago that vanity show lenders looked like this:

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