Beginning last night, April 2, SoHo’s Louis K. Meisel Gallery on Prince Street is showcasing The Great American Pinup Returns. And it is one telling detail, relayed by Justin Rocket Silverman in the Daily News, that bears repeating:
The collection belongs to an anonymous Monaco playboy who decided to sell off some of his art after a race car crash, Meisel says. The paintings range in price from $10,000 to $400,000 – mostly because so few originals survive from the golden age. The high prices are also testimony to the lasting appeal of America’s pinup past, which continues to inspire artists.
Individual prices of the 49 paintings are not publicly listed but rather available to fellow collectors, upon request. Gallery owner Meisel and the Monaco gent go way back. Per the show notes, he worked with this same individual in the late 1980s and early 90s to assemble the pinup collection. The vintage reminders of a 1930s-’60s era art form will be on display through May 2.
[Image, used with permission, by Zoe Mozert, 1955]