Coming off of the heels of the successful #Rawhide exhibit at Venus Over Manhattan in New York, Bob Mizer's works have now gone up on the walls of two galleries on the other side of the country this month, completing a nationwide tour of sorts this summer.
M+B Gallery in Los Angeles opened the new exhibition Russian Dolls on July 11. The exhibition features Mizer prints alongside the works of local artists. Central to its theme is the concept of the Russian nesting doll, or 'Matryoshka,' as a symbol of how an artist's ideas are translated into his or her work. According to the gallery's website, "Russian Doll offers the opportunity to consider generative possibilities - of the way in which relationships between artists can allow for an embeddedness of works within works."
Russian Dolls will be on display until Aug. 29. For more information, including hours of operation, visit the gallery's website.
The second exhibition featuring Mizer can be found at the TASCHEN Gallery in Los Angeles. The Flamboyant Life and Forbidden Art of George Quaintance places Quaintance, a contemporary of Mizer's, front and center in the exhibition, with Mizer and Tom of Finland prints being prominently featured as well. Fans of Quaintance's campy yet hunky cowboy, ranch hands and mythical demigods are sure to enjoy this first public display of the artist's work. All three artists operated in an era in which homosexuality and the representation of the pure male form wasn't just taboo -- it was illegal.
Five limited edition Mizer works are available from this show.
The Flamboyant Life and Forbidden Art of George Quaintance runs through Aug. 31. For more information, visit the gallery's website.