Of course I had to go in and I'm so glad I did.
The artist, Rich Simmons, is a London-based street artist. He's the guy that did this right after the Royal Wedding:
Simmons plays with the midcentury images and themes I obviously lose my mind over. The Elvgren girls with their vulgar graffiti is so tongue in cheek and brilliant. It kind of reminds us that nice girls can have filthy mouths, too, and that pinup art was about sex. Whether it was adorable, like Elvgren's stuff, or ethereal and nearly naked like Varga, it was about sex and sexuality. Which isn't to say all the pinups in Simmons' work are raunchy. Here's a warm, fuzzy, positive message that I should probably tape to my mirror for when I'm having a bad day:
Of course, I made the "fuck" one my computer background.
I also loved the way he turned comics on their heads for some wonderful storytelling. Batman and Superman have a thing, and then the girl (Lois Lane?) sees them and her heart breaks (it's OK, honey, we've all been there). The two great, big men kissing--and doing God only knows under that cape--is subversive, sexy, and reminds me of Tom of Finland (link kinda NSFW).
Watch the promo video and get excited! New Yorkers, I urge you to run, not walk, to this gallery. I'm just sorry I didn't find out about this in time to hear Simmons actually talk about his work.
Visit the SoHo Contemporary Art Gallery to see all of the amazing in person.