German photographer Martin Schoeller must have been quite the American Gladiators fan. His latest exhibition, Female Bodybuilders, gives viewers the chance to truly gawk at larger-than-life images of several larger-than-life ladies who were or are famed on the bodybuilding circuit. The images of these women’s feminine, dolled-up faces above their muscular torsos—some adorned with rhinestone-studded bikini tops—are fascinating and a bit surreal. And though none of them have names like “Ice,” “Storm,” or “Blaze,” they look as if they could tear up a padded TV studio with the best of them.
Aug. 10-27, 2010