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Stroke Artwork Goes From Under The Mattress To Out In The Open

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Stroke: From the Mattress to the Museum Wall is a new hardcover photo book available at Bruno Gmünder. This historical retrospective of sexy and erotic illustrations by artists who made work for gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s took New York by storm with a daring and historic exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum. 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 Bob Mizer, 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 displayed in the spring of 2014.

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