Great American
Pinup Gallery

In the late 1980s and early 90s, Louis Meisel assisted a prominent European collector in the assembly of “The AK Collection”; one of the finest pin-up collections that includes many well-publicized and recognizable pin-ups to have graced the covers of magazines, books, and more. Now, 20 years later, this collection has returned to the Louis K. Meisel Gallery for exhibition.
The AK Collection features nearly every major pin-up artist including an outstanding selection of oils by Gil Elvgren, watercolors by Alberto Vargas, and pastels by Rolf Armstrong. The 49-piece collection contains many rare oversized pin-ups that include compositions of the ‘girl next door’ to scenes that verge on fantasy. An avid car collector, AK acquired many artworks that feature cars prominently. With this unique collection available to the public once again, Louis K. Meisel Gallery intends to redistribute the works to new collectors interested in the history and nostalgia associated with The Great American Pin-Up.