“Bob Mizer: Artifacts” – NYC – through 27th January

 

 

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Photographer Bob Mizer, who died in 1992, founded the Athletic Model Guild in 1945 andPhysique Pictorial in 1951, debuted Tom of Finland, shot Alan Ladd, Victor Mature and Arnold Schwarzenegger, invented the “posing strap” (a letter-of-the-law loincloth reluctantly sewn for him by his mother) and served prison time in 1954 for sending what was then defined as “obscene material” through the mail. This compact but manically fascinating exhibition includes both full-size portraits of the models, drifters and runaways who moved in and out of Mizer’s Los Angeles home and a series of “catalogue boards,” the 16- or 20-image paste-ups of scenes and scenarios he assembled both for his own records and to send out to customers. – Will Heinrich, GalleristNY

 

 

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Discover more about Bob
Bob’s World. The Life and Boys of AMG’s Bob Mizer
from TASCHEN