STROKE: FROM UNDER THE MATTRESS TO OUT IN THE OPEN
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.