eNews #159
  
October 31
, 2013
Over A Quarter Century Dedicated To Protecting, Preserving And Promoting Erotic Art

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Events & Exhibitions

November 2, 2013 -
January 26, 2014

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles
presents:
Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland

The first major museum exhibition devoted to the art and collaborations
of Bob Mizer and Touko Laaksonen, aka "Tom of Finland".

Details
with coverage in Frontiers & Vogue (Italy)


Los Angeles, CA

November 9, 2013 -
January 26, 2014

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
presents:
Art & Physique
Circa Bob & Tom

An exhibition exploring the social and historical context surrounding erotic art
and physique photography during the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Details


Los Angeles, CA

November 9, 2013

The City of West Hollywood
presents:
GoGo Dancer Appreciation Festival
Festival & Competition

What you’ll be doing on the 9th?
MOCA PARTY – GOGO PARTY
- ART & PHYSIQUE

Details


Los Angeles, CA

Spend The Night With TOM
In West Hollywood

All Three Above Events Have A Party On November 9th!

November 10, 2013

TOM  OF  FINLAND  FOUNDATION
presents a:
Life Drawing Workshop

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

Details


Los Angeles, CA

October 19 -
November 2, 2013

Antebellum Gallery
presents:

All of Them Witches
Curated by Rick Castro

Our spirits continue on with our sensuality intact.
It’s all about longing and unrequited passion.

Details


Los Angeles, CA

November 8 - 10, 2013

BENT-CON
A Comic Convention… only Gayer

Artists, writers, creators, publishers, directors, actors, and producers
that create works targeted directly to LGBT audiences.

Details


Los Angeles, CA
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page.

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Deep Inside Hollywood:
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Boots, Biceps And Bulges

The late Touko Laaksonen, the Finnish artist also known as “Tom of Finland,” probably did more to push gay male erotic images into the mainstream than anyone else in the 20th century. His illustrations were designed to inspire lust and to erase the boundary between art and pornography. They also helped re-create happier, hornier self-images for many gay men in the 1970s with their fantasies of muscular masculinity, confidence and outsize sexual achievement. One documentary short film, Boots, Biceps and Bulges: The Life & Works of Tom of Finland, arrived in the late 1980s, while 1990’s Daddy and The Muscle Academy was an LGBT film festival staple in its moment, just as Tom himself was dying at age 71.

Now a biopic currently titled Tom of Finland is in production, ready to tell the story of the sexual and artistic pioneer. Finnish director Dome Karukoski will helm the feature, which has yet to be cast. And it has the official, authorized blessing of the Tom of Finland Foundation, so as extremely hot men find their way into the cast, you’ll hear about it here first.

       Complete article by ROMEO SAN VICENTE


LGBT History Month Icon
Tom of Finland

October is LGBT History Month, celebrated annually to recognize the notable achievements of LGBT people throughout time. Each day in October, Equality Forum features one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society.

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News presents a page on Tom of Finland, including a video. Plus, you can discover the other LGBT people selected for the rest of the month.

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News Website

Parting Glances

A Note On SHOWstudio's
PUNK
The Punk Aesthetic


JIM FRENCH | Tshirt, 1969

TOM OF FINLAND, 1964

Both Todd Oldham and Holly Johnson cite Vivienne Westwood’s “cowboy” T-shirt, popularized by the Sex Pistols, as their introduction to Tom’s art. Ironically, the image appropriated by Westwood and partner Malcolm McLaren for the infamous shirt was not by Tom, but by Los Angeles artist and Colt Studio’s founder Jim French.

French, never hearing of the shirt, had this to say:

This image was part of a series of a series of six drawings I did with the title ‘Longhorns’. The series was released in 1969, just two years after Colt Studios was created. It was the drawing that first established Colt.

Frontal nudity was not yet legal in 1969, let alone physical contact between men, so I had to be very clever. I remember for this image that I made the space between the two penises as thin as a hair, one of the subtleties lost when cheaply printed, Vivienne Westwood or no.

I trust this will end this tempest in a teapot and put to record straight on the ‘Tom of Finland’ T-shirt. Believe it or not, while he was a great artist, Tom was not the only person drawing noteworthy male nudes in the 1960s and ’70s. There were nowhere as many of my drawings as there were of Tom’s, and mine were in a more realistic vein while his were fantasy, but in the end it is just apples and oranges.

From TASCHEN’s Tom of Finland XXL

More on the PUNK exhibition (Runs through November 15.)

TOM OF FINLAND
by ETAT LIBRE D’ORANGE

Tom probably would have gotten a chuckle out of this advertisement for his cologne.

Etat Libre D'Orange

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