For those of us who have a special place in our hearts for the photographs of Bruce Bellas (better known as Bruce of LA), there is currently a unique chance to see a selection of original prints by the iconic photographer at Phyliss Navidad's POP TART Gallery in Los Angeles.
The show is presented by JIMMY the zine and titled Bruce of Los Angeles: Beefcakes and Boundaries. It is part of Pacific Standard Time which is a Getty initiative bringing together over 60 cultural institutions to celebrate and remember art in LA from 1945 through 1980. A real highlight (and worth the drive to Koreatown alone) were several original editions of Bellas' The Male Figure magazine beautifully presented in the center of the gallery by what could be called a descendant publication JIMMY the zine.
Several contemporary artists influenced by Bellas including Jesse Finley Reed, Austin Young, and John Parot were also selected by Ms. Navidad and JIMMY to participate in what ended up being an extremely varied, fleshy, and compelling group show (on display until December 31st).