TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
Life Drawing Workshop
on the second Sunday of each month.
Beginner? Professional? All are welcome. RSVP and bring your sketch
Los Angeles, CA
December 2, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
November 30, 2011
Traditional Family Values
festival has over 30 events from visual art,
1 - 31, 2012
Special, Limited Edtion Prints!
Plus: A New Book from Bruno Gmünder
TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
of the Hat and Odds & Ends:
of Finland, Kirsti Westphalen
General Of Finland Visits TOM House
After coming to the Erotic
Art Fair, Kirsti Westphalen, the Finnish Consulate General in
Los Angeles decided to visit TOM House in October with her husband,
“Both of us wanted to thank you and your colleagues for the Saturday
event,” she said about the Art Fair via email. “We were thrilled
and I was reading the book over the weekend. What a life Touko had!”
- One Of The Most Influential Gay Men In The World
Tom is in good company;
the list in Mate Magizine's 500 Power Gays is topped by
Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates and Alexander the Great.
Is it porn, or art? The
horny comic stories of Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland,
were originally meant as rocket-polish fodder, buth these days have
a distinctly more respectable image; adorning the walls of many
leading art galleries.
Laaksonen was the first
artist in the 1950s to portray gay men as proud, assertive machos,
and in doing so, provided a vigorous boost to gay liberation.
Left: TOM OF
FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1988, Graphite on paper,
ToFF #88.01, © 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation
Room In TOM House
Such a modest and small
space considering that some of the most famous and important drawings
of Gay culture were done right here.
Call ToFF to schedule a tour of TOM’s studio and residence: 213.250.1685.
Left: Pete Karjalainen
shows Tom’s World War II uniform and his favorite leather jacket.
Mr. Palm Springs
– Scott Smith!
Springs Leather Pride
Thanks! Palm Springs
was da BOMB!
Thanks to Valentine,
Michael Kirwan, Norm and Johnny for being part of the ToFF booth.
Congratulations to Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2013 – Scott Smith!
And a special thanks
to those that attended, participated, and supported the artists.
Supreme Court, The Constitution And Art
Court of the United States rejected the effort to restrict the First
Amendment rights of adults in the name of child protection.
“The Constitution exists precisely so that opinions and judgments,
including aesthetic and moral judgment about art and literature,
can be formed, tested, and expressed. What the Constitution says
is that these judgments are for the individual to make, not for
the government to decree.”
STATES OF AMERICA, ET AL. v. PLAYBOY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC.,
REX, Helping Hand (Detail),
1989, Pen and ink on paper, © 2012 Rex
REX is one of the foremost
artists of forbidden and politically incorrect sexual activity among
men, his is more than merely “Gay art”. REX the artist is
a historian, a voyeur, a muckraker and a trouble maker, a provocateur,
a sensualist and a hedonist, the sensualist and a hedonist, the sensitive
and observant portrayer of a secret world…
The world of leather and denim, steamy basements and grimy garages,
anonymous sweaty tops and groveling sexpigs is perfectly suited to his
black & white detailed and moody pointillistic renderings.
Mainardi, San Francisco, 2012
A comprehensive collection
of the ingenious work of REX. His gloomy masterpieces lead us into a
world full of lust and submission, full of dominance and sexual power.
Gmünder. 128 Pages, 8.50" x 11.25",
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When Touko Laaksonen, the
boy who became Tom of Finland, began drawing bikers it was the same
year Marlon Brando showed the world it’s first leatherman by playing
the leader of a motorcycle club in 1953's The Wild One. Decades
later, Tom of Finland Vol. II: Bikers by Dian Hanson features
some of the artist’s best multi-panel comics and single panel drawings
Bonus, it comes with a Panic Jacket, which lets you turn the
book from sexy to serious in case grandma is visiting. $17.99, Taschen.
Ideas by Diane Anderson-Minshall at
Why Naked Men Get Short Shrift
by Mary M. Lane
Why does the male nude get
For centuries, naked women in Western art have been openly celebrated
as objects of desire. From Botticelli’s coy Birth of Venus circa 1485
to Annie Leibovitz’s 1991 portrait of a heavily pregnant Demi Moore,
the female form has been idealized as a thing of beauty.
Pity the naked man. Popes throughout history have covered up the private
parts of male nude sculptures in Vatican City. Even history’s most famous
male nude, Michelangelo’s David, was subjected to the constrictions
of modesty: London museum officials ordered a fig leaf be placed strategically
over a replica in a London museum, after it shocked Queen Victoria.
So it may not have come as a total surprise for the organizers of Nude
Men, a new exhibit at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, that the show would
generate some controversy.
Nude Men begins with statues from antiquity, including one of the Egyptian
court official Snofrunefer dated 2400 B.C. But the bulk of the show
chronicles developments in the past 200 years.
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