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Vivid Looks Back on 25 Years of Porn Cover Art

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Hollywood Boulevard's World of Wonder Storefront Gallery--known in the past for their explicit Golden Girls Gone Wild exhibit and most recently RuPaul's Drag Race--this week opened a large retrospective with Vivid Entertainment Group looking at the porn company's artful 25-year history.

"Vivid had a dramatic impact on the industry with its very first movie, 'Ginger,' starring Ginger Lynn in 1984," explained WoW founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato in an e-mail. "Until 'Ginger' most adult movies were marketed with explicit images on their VHS covers, and as a result were hidden from view by retailers. Vivid changed all that with beautifully designed covers that had strong mainstream appeal and showed gorgeous women, glamorous photography and stylish art direction."

The exhibit, "All-American Porn: 25 Years of Erotic Photography from Vivid Entertainment," focuses on the greatest covers and some behind-the-scene photos that are considered "truly works of art." There was an opening reception party over the weekend, appropriately enough on Valentines day, that attracted regular joes and porn stars alike. But that's not the end of it as the show will be on display for four more weeks through March 13th with hours of noon to 6 pm from Tuesday through Saturday (6650 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, California 90028).