The Best of Vintage Playboy: Dali’s Pin-Up and the Miniature Playmate

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What happens when Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, artist Ryan McGinness, fashion designer Jeremy Scott, and other cultural recruits are invited to rustle through every Playboy magazine ever published, since 1953? To celebrate the launch of iPlayboy for iPad, NYC gallery Partners & Spade is hosting an exhibition of pieces from the Playboy Archives, curated by a throng of notable appreciators, through the end of the month. Aside from period-specific aesthetic of its centerfolds, they’ve dug up a cut-up “hang-up” by Keith Haring from 1986. Some of the most creative and outlandish vintage loot hails from the ’60s — “The Playmate as Fine Art” feature of eleven Playboy pin-up interpretations by Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and others, a fantastically ridiculous spread about the pocket Playmate “Femlin” and something called “The Lass Menagerie” with gals sparsely dressed as animals. See it in our NSFW gallery.

Curated by Vena Cava. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Vena Cava. “Femlin,” May 1963. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Vena Cava. “Femlin,” May 1963. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Ryan McGinness. December 1986. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Partners & Spade. April 1971 Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Ryan McGinness. January 1967. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Ryan McGinness. January 1967. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Ryan McGinness. January 1967. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Partners & Spade. April 1967 Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Jeremy Scott. January 1985. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Vena Cava. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Vena Cava. “The Lass Menagerie,” December 1965. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Vena Cava. “The Lass Menagerie,” December 1965. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Jeremy Scott. August 1981. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated Andre Balazs. “Designs for Living.” Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Vena Cava. Ursula Andres, June 1965. Courtesy of Playboy

Curated by Vena Cava. Ursula Andres, June 1965. Courtesy of Playboy