If you’re feeling bored with lackluster summer gallery openings, Partners & Spade’s “The Playboy Commission,” which opens July 15 and is up for the rest of the month, sounds a little more, uh, charged. The show consists of large-scale prints of Playboy centerfolds culled from the magazine’s archives. The prints were selected by Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti, members of the new official-sounding Playboy Commission that’s in charge of providing personalized content for the magazine’s less-official sounding tablet app, i.Playboy.com. Here you can navigate the Playboy‘s archives going back to 1953. Suddenly, The Observer wishes he owned a tablet of some kind.
There will also be “vintage memorabilia” on display, selected by fellow Commission members including André Balazs, Observer alumnus Simon Doonan, and Ryan McGinness. For now, The Observer can only imagine such ephemera. Yes, the mind wanders. Wait. No, dear reader. The Observer only reads Playboy for the articles. The Observer imagines nothing but cutting-edge longform journalism and interviews with John Lennon.