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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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  1. Looks like the leather guy who dated the confused he/she on Southpark, or Village People biker. And we wonder why art has gone so downhill, look at who buys it and determines the marketplace. Sheesh.

  2. Donald Frazell’s anti-gay, anti-leather comments are unfortunate and tiresome:

    Here he is on Cathy Opie: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/08/football-and-art-collide.html

  3. LOL! Why, do you dress like that? PLEASE! I had the boyfriend? of my wifes friend from her job at our wedding, and a gay guy I work with, who yes, I invited to my wedding, was creeped out because he/she IS creepy, though really a very nice and talented guy. Get over yourself, PC types are those with skeletons to hide, watcha got? Leather IS a lil passe at best, whether on a faux biker or Eddie Murphy

    art collegia delenda est!

  4. I mean, REALLY!!! Stop me when I am wrong. it was a dum hat when marlon Brando wore it in that terribly corny flick, hell, I am in lon beach, we got all that. From West Coast Choppers to the home of Billie Jean king, the lesbian capital of the universe. But guess what, we all get along. We dont care, we aint snobby Westside types. Hell, ever hear snoop Dogg complain about the Popos or anyone else down here? or War, or Sublime, we love it here! Amd as mixed a buncha mutts as anywhere on earth, we just dont front. Right, wannabe Bonnard?

  5. by GF Wahlquist

    So now not only are your posts nonsensical and usually off point, Frazell, but they are now homophobic and transphobic. “I have a gay friend.” Girl, please. Personally I feel comments like these should be taken down.

  6. And PC culture is why we have Tbags. One wacked out wing deserves another, its called ballance, wish we could get rid of both. Suckitup, and get a sense of humor,and reading ability.
    Really, look at that picture, and what else could you see?
    Stop me when I am wrong! LOL!

  7. by Donald Frazell

    I’m sick of that retard “Donald Frazell” perpetually trying to impersonate me on all art blogs. What’s next, identity theft?
    I know I’m just a loser bad artist trying to make my voice on all art blogs that I think count just in case someone would pay attention to me, but I take exception to someone trying to passing me off as an anti-gay lunatic. I may be a lunatic, but *only* when I’m raving about the absence of notoriety I get into the art world.

  8. by Mother Superior

    COCK AND BALLS!!!!! I hope you enjoy them, Mr. Frazell. And I hope that was PC enough for you.

  9. by Donald Frazell

    Here here, Donald.

  10. by Donald Frazell

    Wait, I am Donald Frazell and I demand the right to know who are all these other Donald Frazell guys? The homophobic one and the loser artist one?

  11. Wow, MFAs there soooo clever. And having a potty mouth and telling it like it is are not exactly the same things.

    It is time to put aside childish things. St Paul And some guy named Obama

  12. by Donald Frazell

    Donald Frazell would never express himself like this. I know, I AM Donald Frazell.

  13. by Donald Frazell

    I am Donald Frazell myself and I don’t have an M.F.A. I never even managed to get a G.R.E. But I was an altar boy, it helped with the Vatican painting and the lusting after virgins.

  14. Nah, my wife is gorgeous, and not a pedaphile. As she is a muslim, Nation of Islam raised, and a Taebo goddess as well as self defense teacher for women, aint no shenanigans going on in our lovely country chateau. All bliss and creativity, outside the den of westside iniquity.

    have a nice day! Fish with tomatillo/avacado sauce from our garden tonight!

  15. by Donald Frazell

    As the real Donald Frazell, I know there is no such thing as a country chateau in my native land of Long Beach. Rather, I live in a pink stucco palace with my dog, Maurice. I also spell it pedaphile, though.

    Je est un autre.

  16. by Donald Frazell

    1. In a large saucepan, saute onions in margarine until tender. Add squash, water, bouillon, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to boil; cook 20 minutes, or until squash is tender.
    2. Puree squash and cream cheese in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth. Return to saucepan, and heat through. Do not allow to boil.
    3. διὰ τοῦτο παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς ὁ θεὸς εἰς πάθη ἀτιμίας: αἵ τε γὰρ θήλειαι αὐτῶν μετήλλαξαν τὴν φυσικὴν χρῆσιν εἰς τὴν παρὰ φύσιν, ὁμοίως τε καὶ οἱ ἄρσενες ἀφέντες τὴν φυσικὴν χρῆσιν τῆς θηλείας ἐξεκαύθησαν ἐν τῇ ὀρέξει αὐτῶν εἰς ἀλλήλους, ἄρσενες ἐν ἄρσεσιν τὴν ἀσχημοσύνην κατεργαζόμενοι καὶ τὴν ἀντιμισθίαν ἣν ἔδει τῆς πλάνης αὐτῶν ἐν ἑαυτοῖς ἀπολαμβάνοντες.

  17. by Donald Frazell

    But I am the REAL Donald Frazell and I don’t have such thing as a wife. I live alone with my Dog Nation Of Slam who’s a real Taebo Goddess, not a zoophile, though I can be one pedaphile in my spare time – I love riding bikes – and for dinner tonight I’m gonna have vodka over ice with a slice of lime, that’s protein for you.
    Peace, God Bless, I’m going to retire in my Long Beach shack and ponder the mysteries of the Trolluniverse.

  18. OMG! i have a stalker! Or is it a groupie, usually the same thing.

    i never had one before, though Steve in the back calls out my nickname all day long, but then, he is an idiot. Steve, is that you?
    Steve, Steve, Steve……..?

    Get to work.

  19. by Donald Frazell

    Are you talking about Steve Steve, or Steve Stephen, or Steve Steven? Because only I know which is which.

    All work and no play makes Donald a very dull boy… ?

  20. Oh, its you Stevie Nicks. You know i hate immature pop music, and goat bleets. Not bad, responded in 11 minutes, though it was 11, 10, and 6 before, yer slippin baby.

    Think I will let this so called thread go,unless something adult comes up, and leave the last bleet to you stevie.
    Have a nice day!

    art collegia delenda est

  21. by Eleanor Strehl

    Returning to the matter at hand, I don’t think you can use this image as an example of a trend, William and Tyler. That is how Peter Marino ALWAYS looks–it would have been impossible for the Huntington to find a pic in which he doesn’t look like a leather daddy (see him here on the cover of Whitewall: http://www.whitewallmag.com/2010/03/03/ww-launches-spring-issue/). And it reads a bit ingenuous to me, Tyler, that you are mocking the Huntington for running a pic of a leather guy but calling someone else a homophobe for mocking the leather guy.

  22. by Eleanor Strehl

    D’oh! Rather, I meant to say “disingenuous.” Darn that instant internet publishing!

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