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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
February 14 - March 20, 2010
Los Angeles, CA

Antebellum Gallery
presents:

John Palatinus:
Tomorrow's Man


JOHN PLATINUS
circa 1958

Opening Night: Sunday, February 14, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
In Person: John Palatinus!
$5 Cover

Featuring artwork by:
John Palatinus, Matthias Herrmann, Mel Roberts,
Rick Castro, Nick Burger, Bruce of LA, AMG
and more!

Special Salon Event February 21st:
1-3 PM, $65 advance with CC, $75 at the door.
KINKY CAMERA CLUB

Antebellum brings back the camera club from the 1950s.
Open to photographers of all levels, from amateur to hobbyist to pros.
Live physique model.
Hosted by John Palatinus

In the early part of the 20th century the only photographs of men's bodies were the famous Eadweard Mubridge studies of men in motion, bare knuckled prize fighters and the advertisements of Charles Atlas, an early advocate of men's fitness.

During the late Forties and early Fifties a group of mostly gay men began doing "artistic studies" of bodybuilders with carefully concealed genitalia, or in posing straps. Among these pioneers were Lon of New York, Bruce of Los Angeles, Bob Mizer of Athletic Model Guild, Mel Roberts of California, and John Palatinus of New York.

Also at this time a series of new publications emerged: Tomorrows Man, Vim, Manuel, Physique Pictorial and others celebrating the male physique. Through these magazines homoerotic works was seen nation wide, in many cases for the first time. In compensation the photographers were given free advertisements to sell their work.

Many did a brisk business as these photos were considered "hot stuff" in this era.

All this was happening during the Eisenhower administration, a very repressive time for gay people in America. Bars were raided and closed on a regular basis. Those arrested had their names published in the local papers, completely ruining their lives. Witch-hunts were conducted in the State Department to find gay diplomats. McCarthyism was in full bloom.
The Post office had it's own agenda, stamping out so-called pornography thru the mail. All of the physique photographers were harassed. Some had their studios raided and were put out of business. Among them: John Palatinus of New York.

Now, more than 50 years after the fact, most of these early pioneering physique photographers are long gone, or their work forgotten.

Today homoerotic photography is finally getting its props. There are many young collectors who have sparked a new interest in these early works. The Internet has played a major role in this revival. Old collections of photographs and magazines have been pulled out of attics and are now disseminated all over the world.

Todays fashion photographers are using vintage physique photographs as inspiration for shoots they do for campaigns. Mens' fashion magazines create editorial features of men's underwear posed in a Fifties' physique look.

Photographers of this era like Rick Castro, Greg Day, Matthias Herrmann and Jay Jorgensen are keepers of the flame. Other artists like Nick Burger are finally having their works presented.

Antebellum gallery is proud to present the first ever exhibition of John Palatinus and some of his peers from the past, present and future.


About the gallery:

Antebellum Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Hollywood. The term antebellum is Latin for"before war". While it commonly refers to a more romantic Gone With the Wind era, we find ourselves again today with American culture at odds with political / religious / social agendas that threaten to blow the lid off its foundations at any given moment.

Steeped in Victorian nuances with a salon style, Antebellum is intended as a hybrid of artistic, cultural, and political iconoclasm.

Antebellum Gallery
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM -- or by appointment.
1643 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood CA, 90028  Map 
323.856.0667
Antebellum Gallery Website

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ABSTRACT ART
“The abstract, especially in those rough sketches, is very important to me, perhaps because of my advertising background, where layout is so important. Sometimes those first few lines cut the paper into such satisfying shapes that I don’t want to go on, but I always do, adding nostrils and nipples and bootstraps until I have filled the paper up as usual.” — Tom of Finland