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The Latest Art Accessory for Celebs: "The Curator Boyfriend"


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In a tongue-in-cheek piece for Elle magazine, Mia Feitel notes the remarkable number of celebritiy women – Jennifer Lawrence, Jenny Slate, Heidi Klum, and others – who are romantically involved with male curators. As the article wryly explains, “a Curator’s heightened attunement to art has a trickle down effect into what is the most differentiating and attractive quality of all — taste.” Check out an excerpt from the piece below.

The Curator is endowed with qualities that include, but are not limited to: the business savvy to navigate the high-stakes art market, enough sensitivity to appreciate the latest Marina Abromovic performance piece, and the occasional invite to party on a boat with Stavros Niarchos. They’re well-read, worldly and engaged in shaping critical dialogues of our times. The kind of guy you can discuss post-humanism with over pizza, who comments on the decor while ordering you a cab but letting you split the bill.

We’re about to enter a new decade, and being self-aware and socially conscious has never been more attractive. Someone who can point to a favorite Louise Bourgeois sculpture or be brought to tears looking at an El Anatsui assemblage is not only in touch with his emotions but also cares about wider social, geopolitical and cultural issues. A Curator may still ghost you, but it’s probably because he’s doing something legitimately interesting with his time, like scouting in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Image: Jennifer Lawrence and husband Cooke Maroney. Via Page Six.