e-news #119 march 14, 2011
Over A Quarter Century Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting Erotic Art  

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events & exhibitions

March 25 - 27, 2011

TOM  OF  FINLAND  FOUNDATION
presents the
West Hollywood / Los Angeles
EROTIC ART FAIR WEEKEND


THE EROTIC ART EVENT OF THE YEAR!
ARTIST REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!


See more Samples of the Artists' Works


Learn More HERE!

Los Angeles, CA

April 2 -
June 26, 2011

TOM  OF  FINLAND  FOUNDATION
and
ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
present:
never alone
A Look at Tom of Finland and His Friends


Works by artists from the Tom of Finland Foundation's
Permanent Collection.
Details


Los Angeles, CA

April 10, 2011

TOM  OF  FINLAND  FOUNDATION
presents a:
Life Drawing Workshop

Usually held the second Sunday of each month.
Beginner? Professional? All are welcome.
RSVP and bring your sketch pad!
Details


Los Angeles, CA

March 20, 2011

ONE Culture Series
presents:
The Perfect Gentleman
Images, Visions and Views by Rick Castro

"Rick has been in the forefront of counterculture art,
fetish photography and independent film for over 25 years…"

Details


Los Angeles, CA

March 21 - 28, 2010

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition
presents:

L.A. Leather Weekend
With the Mr LA Leather Contest

A Week Full of Hot Activities
Tom of Finland Foundation participates in this event!

Details

Los Angeles, CA

March 18 - 19, 2011

The Saint at Large
presents:
BPX:
Black Party Expo and Bazaar

Buy erotic art and more! Benefitting the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

Details


New York, NY

April 29 -
May 1, 2011

Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend
presents:
BD/SM Erotic Art Show
The Sixth Annual Show of Leather Fetish Eroticism


This juried art exhibition is
a part of an action-packed weekend.

Details

Cleveland, OH

March 28 -
May 7, 2011

Flazh!Alley Studio
presents:
Pixels, Pigments & Paints
Photography & Oils On Canvas by David Goldner


"Goldner fuses photography and painting to capture
the essence of femininity and glamour."

Details

Los Angeles, CA

March 8 - 31, 2011

Adonis Art
presents:
Nebojsa Zdravkovic
Latest Paintings

Overall, he says he stands on a middle ground
somewhere between expressionism and impressionism..

Details


London, England / Online

March 1 - 31, 2011

Visual AIDS and The Body
present:

Why Do You Insist On Flaunting?
Curated by Sacha Yanow

"In my selection are images that particularly moved me with
their combination of beauty, humor, pain and defiance."

Details


Online
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page!

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foundation announcements

TOM  OF  FINLAND  FOUNDATION

Tip's of the Hat and Odds & Ends:

Just in case you missed the notice on our Fair page — and are in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 23 — TOM is going T-shirt! Join SOLD OUT Clothing and the Foundation for a pre-Fair party event at Micky's. Show time is 11:00 PM. Hope to see you! Check the details on our Fair page.


Wim Griffith has notifed us that one of his paintings was copied and sold on eBay. He notes that several other gay artists that are displayed on the Foundation website are also being copied and sold by this dealer.

Wim suggests:
Find your painting and copy the item #.
Go to the bottom of EBayís home page and click on Policies.
Click on How do I report a listing violation?
Click on Report listing.
Enter the item # and continue.

If enough artists report this fraud the seller will be dropped from EBay.

art news

Midwest Leather Calendar Released
(Benefitting The Foundation)

Philip Hitchcock is at it again, working to raise more funds for the Tom of Finland Foundation.

This time he's collaborating with photographer Shannen Green — on a calendar that can usefully hang on your wall until June 2012. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefit Tom of Finland Foundation and the Mr. Midwest Leather Travel Fund. This sepia toned, 40-page calendar sells for $24.95.

Philip recently held a benefit auction of some of his renowned sculptures for the Foundation and Growing American Youth.

To order by credit card, email Philip Hitchcock or call 314.664.6644.

National Portrait Gallery Removed Important Gay Work

The National Portrait Gallery removed an important video work, Fire In My Belly, by the artist David Wojnarowicz with audio by Diamanda Galas from itís exhibition about gay and lesbian identity in the US called Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. The exhibit ran from October 30, 2010 through February 13, 2011.

The video may be difficult to watch, but it deals with important issues, unpleasant subjects, and the reality of AIDS. Good art often pushes boundaries and makes people uncomfortable, and this video is a perfect example of this.

Wojnarowicz was an amazing artist who made astounding work with an urgency and a purpose. He inspired an entire generation of gay artists. Diamanda Galas is also an important musician whose work has addressed issues such as gay rights, AIDS, and genocide. To censor these important artists is totally unacceptable.

The Catholic League and right-wing politicians called for his video to be removed, so you can see the ugly specter of the culture wars rearing its head again. The museumís director, Martin Sullivan caved to their demands. The exhibition was not funded with public dollars and the removal of the video is censorship pure and simple. The National Portrait Gallery should retain its independence and ability to exhibit shows that represent the identities of all Americans, not just the dominant culture, or views only palatable to right-wing conservatives.

Watch the Video

And see what the New York Times has to say.

Further updates on Tom's Blog.

Tom Images on TV


TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 Ė 1991),
Untitled, 1988, Color pencil on paper
ToFF #88.04, ©2010 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom's artwork appears in Logo's TV series A-List: New York. Watch the Mike Ruiz segment “ToF Transformations Based on TOM Characters” that starts about 13 minutes into the show.

Ruiz says, “Gay men have defined their aesthetic as a result of Tom of Finland.”

We couldn't agree more!

View this show (season 1, episode 8,) on Logo's Website and find other interesting gay oriented programming there. NOTE: Not all programs are available outside of the United States.

See What's Happening Around The Foundation
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