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Early Gay Magazine Artwork Is Celebrated In “Stroke” Exhibition

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Things got steamy at the Leslie-Lohman Museum this spring when Stroke: From the Mattress to the Museum Wall opened. The exhibition is a historical retrospective of sexy and erotic illustrations by artists who made work for gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s.  New York artist Robert W. Richards curated over 80 original illustrations by 25 artists, including many forgotten bodies of work and some that have been tucked under mattresses for years. Work by Tom of Finland, Bob Mizer and others were featured in early gay magazines like Grecian Guild Pictorial  and Tomorrow’s Man at a time when the U.S. government was cracking down on the “sexual perversion” of gay life.  By the late ’60s and after the “sexual revolution” magazines like Blueboy, Torso, Honcho, Mandate and InTouch came out. Each issue featured illustrations by artists like Antonio Lopez, Mel Odom, George Stravrinos and Richard Rosenfeld. They’re all included in the current Stroke exhibition, which is on display through May 25.

 

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Breyette Senator, Kiss Me Senator

 

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David Martin, Boxer

 

 

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Kevin King (Beau), Pinned

 

 

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George Stravinos, Man Exercising

 

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Kent, The Mechanic

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Beno?it Pre?vot, John Roses 

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Georege Quaintance, Glen Bishop

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Antonio Lopez, Mike Haire 1 

Images courtesy of the Leslie-Lohman Museum

 

By:           Jeffrey James Keyes
On:           Apr 13, 2014
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  • 2 Comments
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      WOW what great art works!. Men, men and more men. I am the most gay HOMO in the world. I love the mechanic he can fix car I can fix him.

      Apr 13, 2014 at 10:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sejjo
      sejjo

      My oh my, Kent the Mechanic may fix my car anytime. In fact, my Audi needs a tune-up.

      Apr 15, 2014 at 1:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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