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
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In artist Ryan Scully's Water Rushing Through Forms, a soft, round, bulbous form floats in a turgid sea, a weighty lump that's set off by a small protuberance, seemingly reaching out to OK, it's pretty much a boob. Creating flesh colored, humanlike blobs that hint at buttocks, torsos, feet, and hands is Scully's thing, and he places his objects in mad, colorful oceans that recall Japanese woodblock prints. His work shows up in the appropriately titled group exhibit "Fertile Ground," which also features the delicate juxtapositions of William Crump, who places beautifully rendered male athletes engaged in traditional sports (football, track and field) against traditionally feminine backgrounds like floral wallpaper. Sarah Sohn and Julia Marchand also contribute.
Sept. 22-Oct. 27, 2007