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Friday, September 5, 2008

Burlesque and local artists

If one thinks about it burlesque and art go together like peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and chocolate, peanut butter and...haha. OK. You get the picture.

Anyway, attractive women in various kinds of revealing costumes have been a staple in pop art for decades. From the nose art of airplanes in World War II, to the sides of orange crates, to the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York, pin-up girls have had an enduring role in our culture.

So, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that some of our own local burlesque performers are artists and are exhibiting their work around the area. For example, Katrin Auch, in the post above, is an artist. So are Jessica "Tink" Whiteside ( and Alice Stribling (

Tink and Alice are both co-curating a show that is scheduled for February 2009 at 111 Minna. It is titled "Pin It Up Babycakes!", and there is more information about the show at Wnen more details are available, I'll post them here. As a side note, is it just me or does that look like Tink with dark hair on the homepage of the exhibition website? Perhaps it's just me. Heh.

Tink also has some of her work exhibited at The Alternative Cafe ( in Seaside near Monterey for the next week. It's a group show called "Garter Belts and Gasoline." There will be a closing party next Saturday evening for collectors. Please see the cafe's website for more detials. I really do love her work, and she's graciously given me permission to use one of her paintings as a masthead for this blog. I just need to develop a new template.

If any of you learn about a show featuring pin-ups and burlesque related art, please let me know and I'll post them here.
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Alice Stribling said...

Yay, thanks Maxwell!!


Anonymous said...

You are awesome Max!! Yay for pin up art! Thanks for the kind words, and for having the best burlesque blog!


Maxwell Wood said...

Thanks you two! I'm looking forward to your show in February!