Tuesday, May 16, 2017

(Almost) All Is Vanity

Inside Philanthropy has a piece on vanity museums by Mike Scutari. One statistic jumps out: "80 percent of all single-family museums were created in the 21st century."

This undercuts the often-made claim that our gilded age is not so fundamentally different from the one that gave rise to the Gardner, Frick, and Huntington. There are a lot more vanity museums being created now, and that has consequences for how art is displayed and experienced.

(Shown, Roy Lichtenstein's Mirror #1, 1969, at the Broad.)

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