Wowed by Getty Villa, not by VF *

Tom Teicholz is impressed by the museum on PCH.

Meanwhile, Tyler Green gets a look at the Getty piece in today's Vanity Fair and blogs:

'Summation of Los Angeles Times coverage' would be more accurate.

Ward's story (MAN received a preview copy yesterday) adds nothing to the Times' stories except the Getty and its $650/hour PR firm gave Ward access to Trust boss Barry Munitz. (Nothing! How did VF run this without getting more?)

Still, the story is useful to Getty-watchers because it reveals two things: It reveals that Munitz essentially has no defense that explains away the problems the LAT has chronicled and that he is on thin ice....

As far as Munitz's standing in Los Angeles and with his trustees: There are no board members in Ward's story who rise to Munitz's defense. There are no prominent Angelenos willing to defend Munitz and the Trust....I've said this before: Every time another story comes out about Munitz's tenure at the Getty Trust, it gets more embarrassing to be a Getty trustee. At some point -- and just judging from the lack of voices in Ward's story it's getting close -- Munitz will pay for embarrassing his bosses.

* Also: Caryn at art.blogging.la shares a tidbit about the Vanity Fair reporter.


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