While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
In Exit Through the Gift Shop, filmmaker Terry Guetta aimed to capture the secret world of street art a form of graffiti using various media that started appearing in the 1990s in cities across the globe. The Los Angeles-based Guetta got more than he could have hoped for, but critics have said he was duped and the resulting film is a hoax. No matter, others say. In fact they contend that the very question makes the film more fascinating and true to its subject. Guetta started off traveling with groups of street artists who worked with stencils, sculpture, posters, stickers, and other media in the U.S. and Europe. The project changed drastically, however, after he met the British artist who goes by the name Banksy. Banksy essentially commandeered the film, turning it into his own narrative. He remained off screen and distorted his voice to protect his anonymity. Promotional materials call it the worlds first street art disaster movie.
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