eNews #179
 
April 7
, 2015

 

Three  Decades  Dedicated  To  Protecting,  Preserving  And  Promoting  Erotic  Art

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Events & Exhibitions

April 12, 2015

Life Drawing Workshops

TOM  OF  FINLAND  FOUNDATION
presents:
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

June 14 -
August 23, 2015
Events: Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play

Artists Space
presents:
Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play

The first comprehensive Tom of Finland survey exhibition in the US, to include over 120 drawings, rarely seen gouaches from the 1940s, the complete set of over 600 pages of collages from his reference binders, as well as early childhood drawings.

Details


New York, NY

April 17 - 19, 2015

Events: Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play

LA H.E.A.T.
presents:
Leather H.E.A.T.

Honorably Embracing All Tribes

Born from a passion for Leather, the Master/slave lifestyle,
and desire to see unity and inclusiveness.

Details


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

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Foundation Announcements

Los Angeles Leather Pride 2015 was a big success this year. Foundation participated in a number of events. Congratulations to Eagle L.A.'s Patrick Smith on his new title of Mr. LA Leather. Thanks to all those who attended and helped us out.

Left: Mayor’s office at VIP Reception at TOM House. Photo by Leatherati.com.

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The Off Sunset Festival on March 29th presented an exciting day of music, culture, art, food and fun populated by over 8000 people, taking the party to the streets.

Photos on TOM's Blog

 

Using Facebook? Be prepared to for changes to what you post and see on your timeline. Facebook has released a 2,500 word Community Standards document on the social networking website which reads out a few new rules, out loud.

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Art News


TOM in Russia (Vogue)

Department of Art


TOM OF FINLAND
© Tom of Finland Foundation Pillow by Henzel Studio

The works of famous artists become pillows and rugs at Colette, Paris.

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Who Are The Artists To Look Out For In Spring 2015?
Sleek turns to Chisenhale Gallery


PATRICK STAFF,
The Foundation, 2014, HD video.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Patrick Staff’s new film, The Foundation, shot at Tom of Finland’s rambling clapboard home of in the Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles, delves into the artist and Gay icon’s legacy.

“In my film, Tom of Finland Foundation is revealed as an archive and a centre for the community of people who care for it,” says Staff. “it’s an office but also a domestic environment, complete with an active BDSM dungeon.”

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Letters Written By Tom Of Finland
During The War

The book Letters from War includes a chapter about the letters written by Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland, 1920-1991) during the Continuation War.

The chapter is entitled, “With the Help of Music”, and depicts the role of music in Touko’s life as he taught singing and the playing of different instruments to his fellow soldiers, formed and led a chorus, entertained men by playing piano and most of all gave them strength, through the power of music, when they most needed it.

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Hyperrealistic
Nr. 4, Winter

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How Gay Porn Helped
Build the Gay Rights Movement


BOB MIZER, Physique Pictorial
Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND

In 2002, pornographer Chuck Holmes’ name was installed over the San Francisco LGBT Center, and public outrage was swift. Detractors called the move — in recognition of the late gay mogul’s $1 million bequest to the beleaguered center — “insane,” fearing it would only fuel right-wing allegations about the gay community’s obsession with sex.

What those critics missed, and what continues to missed over a decade later, is the role pornographers like Holmes played in building the gay rights movement we know today.

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Here Comes
The Second Coming of TOM


S.R. Sharp (left) and Durk Dehner at TOM House
Photography by François Dischinger. Produced by Michael Reynolds.

From Michelangelo to Rauschenberg, gay artists can be found at any major museum. Meanwhile, Tom of Finland’s “dirty drawings” of bulging bikers, lumberjacks, and leathermen seemed forever confined to the back rooms of gay bars — not the hallowed halls of white-walled galleries. But a new window display at Colette Gallery on one of Paris’s most fashionable streets is aiming to elevate the work from hardcore to haute.

The new exhibition of Henzel Studio’s luxury handmade rugs — which will also feature designs by Nan Goldin and Richard Prince — is the result of the tireless efforts of the Tom of Finland Foundation to promote the artist’s legacy.

But the trend doesn’t stop with pricey tapestries. With gallery exhibitions, linens, a line of athletic apparel, and a new biopic about the artist in the works, we’re experiencing a full-blown Tom of Finland renaissance.

More on TOM's Blog

Art Rugs
That's A Thing Now


TOM OF FINLAND rug,
Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris

Henzel Studio launches a new chapter of their production with a tribute to artist Tom of Finland.

The collection, which is launching at Colette this week, opens a new frontier for the Swedish rug maker. Following last year’s impressive range of high profile artist collaborations, which included rugs by Richard Prince, Linder and Mickalene Thomas, the brand is now debuting an ongoing series of partnerships with artists’ foundations to bring a wide variety of 20th century works to life under the Henzel Studio Heritage umbrella.

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Parting Glances

Eckhaus Latta's Limited Edition
Tom of Finland T-Shirt

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