Gallery (magazine)

Gallery is a men's magazine published by Magna Publishing Group. It is one of the more popular "skin" magazines that arose on the Playboy magazine pattern in the 1970s.

Gallery magazine
CategoriesMen's magazines
PublisherMagna Publishing Group
FounderRonald L. Fenton
Year founded1969
First issueNovember 1972
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish, many others

Publication history

Gallery was launched by Ronald L. Fenton and trial attorney F. Lee Bailey in Chicago, Illinois.[1] The first issue appeared on newsstands in November 1972 bearing an uncanny resemblance to Playboy magazine.[2] When Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner sent a letter to Bailey pointing out the similarities, the layout of Gallery was quickly changed.[3]

Financial difficulties plagued the magazine from the start, causing Bailey to leave during its inaugural year.[1] Following publication of the January 1974 issue, Fenton was forced to forfeit ownership of the magazine to its distributor.[4]

Montcalm Publications, based in New York, eventually acquired Gallery and added it to its portfolio of periodicals.[5] Montcalm also published The Twilight Zone Magazine in the 1980s, apparently in imitation of Penthouse magazine's offshoot Omni.[6]

Montcalm Publishing went bankrupt in March 2008, leaving many photographers and models empty handed; some were owed as much as $100,000.[7] Andi Land (Andi Pink) twice won Gallery's Girl Next Door of the Month.

On April 30, 2008, Gallery magazine was purchased by the Magna Publishing Group. The first issue under their ownership came out in July 2008.[8] On December 22, 2015, Magna Publishing Group was acquired by 1-800-PHONESEX.[9]

Features and format

Gallery has long featured a "Girl Next Door" contest in which photographers submit pictures of amateur models (similar to Hustler's "Beaver Hunt.") From each group of monthly entries, one model winner is selected. At the end of the year, one is crowned "Girl Next Door of the Year" and awarded a cash prize of $25,000. The most famous winner is retired porn star Stacy Valentine; at the time of her selection she was Oklahoma housewife Stacy Baker.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Magazine Tightens Its Belt". Tucson Daily Citizen. United Press International. 5 December 1973. p. 13.
  2. ^ Latham, Aaron (27 November 1972). "Rabbit Run: The 'Penthouse' Assault on 'Playboy'". New York. 5 (48): 54. ISSN 0028-7369.
  3. ^ "F. Lee Bailey as Publisher: How to Grin and Bare It". Life. 73: 97. 17 November 1972. ISSN 0024-3019.
  4. ^ Rosenkranz, Patrick (2008). Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution. Fantagraphics Books. p. 198. ISBN 978-1560977063.
  5. ^ Vinciguerra, Thomas (24 April 1985). "A Gallery Man Takes a Close Look". Columbia Daily Spectator. 15 (5).
  6. ^ Wolfe, Peter (1997). In the Zone: The Twilight World of Rod Serling. Popular Press. p. 8. ISBN 978-0879727307.
  7. ^ "Models and Photographers Owed Thousands". AVN Media Network.
  8. ^ "Magna Publishing Group Acquires Fox, Gallery & Lollypops Magazines & Websites". AdultFYI. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  9. ^ "1-800-PHONESEX Acquires Leading New York-Based Adult Publisher". Yahoo! Finance. PR Newswire. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  10. ^ Sheid, Christopher (12 May 2000). "The Sad Story of Porn Told by 'The Girl Next Door'". The Times of Northwest Indiana.

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Aleksandr Golovin (artist)

Aleksandr Yakovlevich Golovin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Я́ковлевич Голови́н, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ɡəlɐˈvʲin]; March 1 [O.S. February 17] 1863 – April 17, 1930) was a Russian artist and stage designer. He designed productions for Sergei Diaghilev, Constantin Stanislavski, and Vsevolod Meyerhold.

Born at Moscow, Golovin initially studied architecture, later switching to painting. He also attended the Académie Colarossi. Due to financial difficulties, upon graduation he worked as an interior painter and decorator. He also tried his hand at various artistic fields such as furniture design. In 1900 he took part in designing the Russian Empire pavilion at the Paris World's Fair together with his friend K.A. Korovin.

He studied at the Académie Vitti in Paris.

In 1901 he moved to the Saint Petersburg region from Moscow. It was here that he came into his own as a stage designer, combining symbolism and modernism on operatic and dramatic productions for Diaghilev, Meyerhold and others. After the Revolution of 1917, Golovin found work in theatre less and less often, and so delved into painting and graphic illustration.

Golovin provided the set design for the 1910 original production of Stravinsky's The Firebird ballet.Golovin provided the scenic design for an important production of Pierre Beaumarchais's The Marriage of Figaro at the Moscow Art Theatre. The seminal Russian theatre practitioner Constantin Stanislavski directed the play in fast and free-flowing production that opened on 28 April 1927, having been rehearsed since the end of 1925. Stanislavski re-located the play's action to pre-Revolutionary France and trimmed its five-act structure to eleven scenes; Golovin employed a revolve to quicken scene-changes. It was a great success, garnering ten curtain calls on opening night.Golovin was appointed a People's Artist of the RSFSR. He died in Detskoye Selo on April 17, 1930.

Andrey Esionov

Andrey Esionov (born 1963) is a Russian painter and graphic artist, who paints portraits and cityscapes. He is academician (Full member) of the Russian Academy of Arts (the painting department, 2018), a member of the Russian Artistic Union of Painters (1995), the Moscow Artists' Association of International Art Fund, and the Union of Russian Artists.Esionov works in the portrait genre, and actively promotes watercolor painting. According to critics he works in a contemporary art style at the interface of academism. The artist's works are in the collections of museums including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg), the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan (Kazan), Samara Regional Art Museum (Samara) and the State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan (Tashkent).

In his paintings the artist turns objects and subjects of the real world into works of art which is an indisputable evidence of his talent, high level of professional skills and mastery. Rather than cloning the real world, Esionov uses no optical devices, film or photo cameras to create a new reality relying only on purely artistic means. Esionov’s imaginary compositions and creative stylistic peculiarities visualize harmony of reality and imagination that inspires associative perception and imagination.

Arkhip Kuindzhi

Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi (or Kuinji; Russian: Архи́п Ива́нович Куи́нджи pronounced [ɐrˈxʲip kʊˈindʐɨ]; 27 January 1842(?) – 24 July 1910) was a Russian landscape painter of Greek descent.

Banshee (short story)

"Banshee" is an autobiographical short story written by Ray Bradbury in the September 1984 issue of Gallery, and later adapted by Bradbury as an episode of Ray Bradbury Theater. The story is based on Bradbury's experiences with John Huston during pre-production of their film Moby Dick, directed by Huston and adapted into a screenplay by Bradbury from Herman Melville's novel.

Bradbury and Huston had a very unpleasant working relationship whenever Bradbury would visit Huston's house in Ireland, where Huston would routinely manipulate and torment Bradbury with insults, pranks, and attempts to frighten the young author with impromptu ghost stories.In "Banshee", director John Hampton and writer Douglas Rogers share an identical relationship. However, Bradbury puts a supernatural twist into the story by making one of John's ghostly tales true; unbeknownst to John, his property in the Irish country-side really is haunted by a banshee, a wailing female spirit. Despite his fear, Doug converses with the ghost, who has mistaken John for William, a former resident of the house who was her unfaithful lover when she was alive. Angered by John's cruel behavior earlier in the evening, Doug returns to the house and goads John into venturing into the night to meet the banshee, knowing that she intends to kill John/ William. At the last minute, Doug has second thoughts and unsuccessfully tries to convince John not to meet the banshee; however, John goes outside to confront her anyway.The television adaptation stars Charles Martin Smith as Doug (the Bradbury character) and Peter O'Toole as John (the character based on Huston).

Ivan Aivazovsky

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian: Ива́н Константи́нович Айвазо́вский; 29 July 1817 – 2 May 1900) was a Russian Romantic painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art. Baptized as Hovhannes Aivazian, he was born into an Armenian family in the Black Sea port of Feodosia in Crimea and was mostly based there.

Following his education at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, Aivazovsky traveled to Europe and lived briefly in Italy in the early 1840s. He then returned to Russia and was appointed the main painter of the Russian Navy. Aivazovsky had close ties with the military and political elite of the Russian Empire and often attended military maneuvers. He was sponsored by the state and was well-regarded during his lifetime. The saying "worthy of Aivazovsky's brush", popularized by Anton Chekhov, was used in Russia for describing something lovely. He remains highly popular in Russia.One of the most prominent Russian artists of his time, Aivazovsky was also popular outside Russia. He held numerous solo exhibitions in Europe and the United States. During his almost 60-year career, he created around 6,000 paintings, making him one of the most prolific artists of his time. The vast majority of his works are seascapes, but he often depicted battle scenes, Armenian themes, and portraiture. Most of Aivazovsky's works are kept in Russian, Ukrainian and Armenian museums as well as private collections.

Lou Stathis

Louis J. Stathis (September 29, 1952 – May 4, 1997) was an American author, critic and editor, mainly in the areas of fantasy and science fiction. During the last four years of his life he was an editor for DC Comics' Vertigo line, working on such titles as Preacher, Doom Patrol, Industrial Gothic, Peter Kuper's The System, and Dhampire.

Louis E. Eliasberg

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1896–1976) was an American financier and numismatist. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he is best known in the numismatic community for putting together the only complete collection of United States coins ever assembled, with attention to coins in the best possible condition. Although the set was not truly "complete" by modern standards (for instance, it did not differentiate between proofs and circulation strikes, as most modern collectors and set registries do), it is still the most comprehensive U.S. numismatic collection to date.

The Eliasberg collection did not distinguish between proofs and circulating strikes and die variations were not emphasized. There were no exceptions unless one considers the 1849 Double Eagle a coin. This is generally categorized as a pattern coin and only two were made: one is on display at the Smithsonian Institution and the other was given to then Treasury Secretary William M. Meredith but its subsequent whereabouts are unknown. No one had ever accomplished this coin collecting feat before, and probably no one will ever accomplish it again. There were one or two coins unknown at the time of completion of his collection that were later discovered.

Some of the highlights of the Eliasberg collection include a 1913 Liberty Head nickel known as the "Eliasberg Specimen". The coin was later bought by an unnamed California collector for US$5 million on April 25, 2007. Another is the 1873-CC no-arrows Liberty Seated dime. This coin is also notable for being the last coin needed to complete the Eliasberg collection.He possessed at one time a 1933 $20 gold coin (one of three then known to be owned by private collectors, including King Farouk of Egypt). Upon learning that the government believed the coins had not been legally issued by the mint and was recalling them, Mr. Eliasberg voluntarily returned his coin to the government in 1952 without compensation. A trial jury in U.S. District Court determined in July 2011 that ten other 1933 double eagles claimed as property by Mrs. Joan Langbord had been obtained illegally by Israel Switt and were property of the United States government. This decision was subsequently upheld the following August but is being appealed.

A generous and knowledgeable correspondent with the coin-collecting public, which became aware of him after a LIFE magazine feature story, Eliasberg was presented with a special trophy by Numismatic Gallery Magazine in recognition of his unique achievement.He later divided his collection between his two children, who separately sold the collection in three landmark auctions.

Media of Jersey

Media of Jersey consist of several different types of communications media: television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and Internet-based Web sites.

Natalia Goncharova

Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova (Russian: Ната́лья Серге́евна Гончаро́ва, IPA: [nɐˈtalʲjə sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvnə ɡəntɕɐˈrovə]; July 3, 1881 – October 17, 1962) was a Russian avant-garde artist, painter, costume designer, writer, illustrator, and set designer. She was a founding member of both the Jack of Diamonds, Moscow's first radical independent exhibiting group, and the art movement known as Der Blaue Reiter. Born in Russia, she moved to Paris in 1921 and lived there until her death.


A needlegun, also known as a needler, flechette gun or fletcher, is a firearm that fires small, sometimes fin-stabilized, metal darts or flechettes. Theoretically, the advantages of a needlegun over conventional projectile firearms are in its compact size, high rate of fire, and extreme muzzle velocity. A needlegun leverages the principles of kinetic energy and conservation of momentum, resulting in a low-recoil delivery system capable of inflicting significant damage to a soft target. Although it has extreme velocity, the needle possesses little mass, delivering the equivalent kinetic energy of a larger projectile, but with less recoil-causing momentum. There have been experiments to make guided flechettes that can home in on targets.

No Refuge Could Save

"No Refuge Could Save" is a short story by Isaac Asimov. It is the second of Asimov's Union Club mystery stories, and the first to be anthologised in The Union Club Mysteries. Overall these mysteries are not rated highly, but this is considered to be one of the best in the series. It first appeared in the September 1980 issue of Gallery under the title "To Spot A Spy".

Peter Emshwiller

Peter "Stoney" Emshwiller (born Peter Robert Emshwiller, February 5, 1959) is an American novelist, artist, magazine editor, filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. He is perhaps best known for his viral video Later That Same Life (a teaser for the full-length film of the same name, now in pre-production), which featured him at middle age talking to his actual teenaged self.

The Crate

"The Crate" is a short story by Stephen King, first published in the July 1979 issue of Gallery. In 1982, the story was adapted as a segment in the movie Creepshow, and included in comic-book form in the Creepshow graphic novella.

The Man Who Loved Flowers

"The Man Who Loved Flowers" is a short story by Stephen King, first published in the August 1977 issue of Gallery, and later collected in King's 1978 collection Night Shift.

The Monkey

"The Monkey" is a short story by Stephen King, first published as a booklet included in Gallery magazine in 1980. It was significantly revised and published in King's collection Skeleton Crew in 1985.

The Raft (short story)

The Raft is a horror short story by Stephen King first published as a booklet included with Gallery in November 1982, and collected in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew.

Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (Russian: Васи́лий Васи́льевич Канди́нский, tr. Vasíliy Vasílʹevich Kandínskiy) (16 December [O.S. 4 December] 1866 – 13 December 1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist.

Kandinsky is generally credited as the pioneer of abstract art. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat—Kandinsky began painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30.

In 1896, Kandinsky settled in Munich, studying first at Anton Ažbe's private school and then at the Academy of Fine Arts. He returned to Moscow in 1914, after the outbreak of World War I. Following the Russian Revolution, Kandinsky "became an insider in the cultural administration of Anatoly Lunacharsky" and helped establish the Museum of the Culture of Painting. However, by then "his spiritual outlook... was foreign to the argumentative materialism of Soviet society", and opportunities beckoned in Germany, to which he returned in 1920. There he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He then moved to France, where he lived for the rest of his life, becoming a French citizen in 1939 and producing some of his most prominent art. He died in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944.

Zurab Tsereteli

Zurab Konstantinovich Tsereteli (Georgian: ზურაბ კონსტანტინეს ძე წერეთელი, Russian: Зураб Константинович Церетели; born January 4, 1934) is a Georgian-Russian painter, sculptor and architect known for large-scale and at times controversial monuments. Tsereteli has served as the President of the Russian Academy of Arts since 1997.

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