STROKE: FROM UN­DER THE MAT­TRESS TO OUT IN THE OPEN

Pride Life Magazine - - LITERATURE -

ROBERT W. RICHARDS AND HUNTER O’HANIAN Bruno Gmün­der £ 49.99 – Art As bril­liant and iconic as he is, there is more to gay erotic art than just Tom of Fin­land and this beau­ti­fully pro­duced but pricey vol­ume serves as a great in­tro­duc­tion to the wealth of other lesser­known but hugely tal­ented ho­mo­erotic artists who cel­e­brated and fetishised gay sex and de­sire. Stroke is an his­toric ret­ro­spec­tive of the erotic il­lus­tra­tions pub­lished from the 1950s to 1990s in un­der­ground gay US mag­a­zines such as Physique Pic­to­rial, Man­date, Hon­cho and Torso. The slightly unin­spir­ing sub­ti­tle of the col­lec­tion taps into the no­tion that of­ten clos­eted mag­a­zine buy­ers con­cealed them un­der their mat­tresses. The book was com­piled by Hunter O’Hanian, di­rec­tor of the Les­lie-Lohman Mu­seum, and artist Robert W. Richards. It would have been good to have more de­tailed com­men­tary on each of the artists fea­tured, which num­ber over 30, but it is the qual­ity and range of draw­ings that really speak for them­selves. As well as Tom there is work from Harry Bush, Michael Kir­wan, Eti­enne, The Hun, Oliver Frey, Jim French, Michael Breyette and Ge­orge Quain­tance.

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