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Deadline, 3rd November 2014

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Contest_ToFF

2014 Panel of Judges

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Eli Sudbrack, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil and New York City, USA.Christophe Hamaide-Pierson, born in Paris, France. Lives and works in Paris, France
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Michael Elmgreen, born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lives in London, UK, and works in Berlin, Germany.Ingar Dragset, born in Trondheim, Norway. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
     
Richard Hawkins
Born in Mexia, Texas, USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.
  Ryan Heffington
Born in Yuba City, California, USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.
     
Bruce LaBruce
Born in Southhampton, Ontario, Canada. Lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
  Helmut Lang
Born in Vienna, Austria. Lives and works in New York City and Long Island, USA.
     
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Born in Liverpool, UK. Lives and works in St. Ives, UK.
  A.L. Steiner
Born in Miami, USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.

 

 

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2014 Awards to be Given in Five Categories
and the Grand Prize Including the Tom of Finland Drawing

THE JOHN PALATINUS SINGLE FIGURE AWARD

THE GARILYN BRUNE DUAL FIGURE AWARD

THE CHRISTINE KESSLER MULTIPLE FIGURE AWARD

THE PALANCA FANTASY AWARD

THE JAY R. LAWTON PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

THE TOM OF FINLAND GRAND PRIZE AWARD

Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition

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“Miracle of Miracles” | 23rd October – 23rd November | Liverpool

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Festival Program

Exciting national premieres (DV8), regional firsts (Andy Warhol and Catherine Opie exhibitions) and unique collaborations (Fenella Fielding and Le Gateau Chocolat).

Challenging new work across artforms that has broad appeal to audiences Gay and Straight alike.

HOMOTOPIA 2014 FESTIVAL

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Wallpaper* magazine | Tom of Finland puts the boot into high art

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Man and His Boot, 1988, Lithograph, © 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Man and His Boot, 1988, Lithograph, © 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation

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TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (Detail of preparatory drawing, 1987, Graphite on paper, © 1987 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (Detail of preparatory drawing, 1987, Graphite on paper, © 1987 Tom of Finland Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRODUCER: MICHAEL REYNOLDS

TOM House isn’t about the pictures [on display]. It’s much more about a headspace, a state of being, a letting go of shame and judgements, and a caring for one another. In this house, anybody can be a TOM’s Man.

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Anti-Gay Russian Lawmaker Milonov Protests Homoerotic Finnish Stamps

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Credit: Itella Posti Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND © 1979, 1978 Tom of Finland Foundation

Credit: Itella Posti Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND © 1979, 1978 Tom of Finland Foundation

St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov has appealed to Russian Post to prevent an influx of postage stamps depicting homoerotic scenes by a Finnish artist that the outspoken deputy says violate Russia’s anti-gay-propaganda law.

Milonov has demanded that all letters and parcels featuring the stamps — a series released in September by Finland’s postal service to commemorate the artist Touko Laaksonen — be returned to sender and not allowed to enter Russia. Laaksonen, also known as Tom of Finland, was renowned for his homoerotic fetish art.

The stamps that have so enraged Milonov feature several provocative images, such as a man’s bare buttocks with another man’s face visible between his legs, and a naked man sitting between another man’s legs.

In a letter to the head of Russian Post, Dmitry Strashnov, Milonov condemned the stamps for “contravening Russian law,” the TASS news agency reported Saturday.

“They are basically elements of homosexual propaganda, which is banned in our country. I ask the leadership of Russian Post to pay close attention to this request. In addition, I urge the Finns themselves, our close neighbors, to refrain from using these stamps when sending letters to Russia,” Milonov wrote, TASS reported.

Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law, which came into effect in summer 2013, prohibits the promotion of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.

Milonov, who spearheaded the legislation’s adoption, told TASS that he learned of the stamps from a “like-minded person” in Finland who was equally outraged by their appearance.

Finnish broadcasting company Yle apparently anticipated Milonov’s reaction, having conducted an experiment in September immediately after the release of the stamps to see if they could get past Russian customs officials, TASS reported.

Several letters featuring the stamps were sent from Finland to Moscow and St. Petersburg, and all of them reached their destinations, the report said.

The stamps proved hugely popular even before their release, with advance orders coming in from 178 different countries, Finland’s postal service, Itella Posti, said on its website.

“Tens of thousands of Tom of Finland stamp sheets were pre-ordered before issuing,” Markku Penttinen, the company’s development director, was quoted as saying by Forbes earlier this month.

By Allison Quinn

RussianTimes

 

 

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TOM’S DICKS AND HARRY’S, TOO

For the Record, Friends of Tom
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1986, Graphite on paper, © 1986 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1986, Graphite on paper, © 1986 Tom of Finland Foundation

Shiver my pecs! Tom’s here…

When Wallpaper* graces 13 of its elegant pages with a feature on Tom of Finland Foundation, you know that this extraordinary artist has finally acquired the Seal of Good Housekeeping: next stop House & Garden?

Fair to say that Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland of Finland’s real name) was the most influential homoerotic artist of the 20th century. Over a career that spanned half a century, Tom executed thousands lovingly crafted drawings with his trademark precision: a splendid cast of priapic sailors, soldiers, cops, cowboys, bikers and lifeguards. In Tom of Finland-land, everyone’s muscles bulge and glisten, their cocks are huge and thrusting, but there’s a joie de vivre almost unparalleled in the genre of such highly explicit erotic art. In 1998 and 2005, Taschen published two books which have subsequently raised awareness of Tom’s work; this is now avidly sought by collectors all over the world – some of his drawings were shown at the Basel  Art Fair earlier this year.

TOM House photographed by Jack Pierson.

TOM House photographed by Jack Pierson. PRODUCER: Michael Reynolds WRITER: Richard Meyer

The Foundation has opened up its LA headquarters where pieces from its 3,500-strong permanent collection are displayed to form the decor throughout the 17-room residence that was Tom’s base from 1980 until the end of his life in 1991. Here the great man’s legacy is preserved and celebrated, thanks to the tireless efforts of Foundation president Durk Dehner and vice-president SR Sharp (who also live there).

The full article, with photography by artist Jack Pierson, is published in the November issue of Wallpaper*, on sale from Monday 13 October 2014.

By Erotic Towers Review Team

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“Haunted House” | 18th October | LA

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10TH TOM OF FINLAND EMERGING ARTIST COMPETITION

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GRAND PRIZE. TOM OF FINLAND (TOUKO LAAKSONEN, FINNISH, 1920 - 1991) UNTITLED (PREPARATORY DRAWING), C. 1979, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 8.31" X 11.69" ©1979 TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION

GRAND PRIZE. TOM OF FINLAND (TOUKO LAAKSONEN, FINNISH, 1920 – 1991) UNTITLED (PREPARATORY DRAWING), C. 1979, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 8.31″ X 11.69″ ©1979 TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION

The Tom of Finland Foundation is calling on you, artistic babies. The Foundation, which honors and preserves the legacy of the iconic erotic artist, is returning for the 10th time with its annual Emerging Artists Competition.

Contestants are asked to showcase work that falls in one of five categories — single figure, dual figure, multiple figure, fantasy, photography. However these categories are illustrated is up to the artist. The grand prize is this lovely “Tom of Finland Preparatory” drawing.

The deadline for the contest has been extended to November 3rd, so you have plenty of time to sharpen your pencils and find your muse. Or your daddy.

For more details about the contest, click here.

By Cameron Keady

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TOM House in the November issue

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You’ve Got Male: Erotic Stamps by Tom of Finland Issued

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When the Finnish post office announced it would release a set of stamps commemorating a famous artist, the images set pulses racing for more than just hard core philatelists.

Last month, the first stamps went on sale and became a runaway success, showcasing the work of Touko Laaksonen, whose homoerotic artwork is better known under the nom de plume ‘Tom of Finland’.

“Tens of thousands of Tom of Finland stamp sheets were pre-ordered before issuing, from our web shop” explains Markku Penttinen, Development Director at the Finnish postal service. “The top five countries where most of the orders came were Finland, England, Sweden, USA and France” he adds. Eager collectors in more than 170 other countries also pre-ordered the stamps.

Credit: Itella Posti. Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation.

Credit: Itella Posti. Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation.

The designs come in three eye-catching (not to mention eyebrow-raising) designs, classic Tom of Finland poses featuring strong masculine men with bulging features, and leather accessories: the uniformed man, casually smoking a cigarette, with a naked man at his feet; the view of a man’s naked buttocks from behind as another man gazes at his genitals. These are the images that caught the imagination of gay America in the 1950s when they were first published in Physique Pictorial, and whose appeal endures to this day.

“Tom of Finland’s art is high artistic quality, strong personal touch, joy and brave, a visual feast of male beauty make his work topical again and again” says Katriina Rosavaara, Vice Chair of SETA, a Finnish gay rights organisation. Touko Laaksonen, who died in 1991, has explained that he wanted to create an imagine of gay masculinity that ran counter to the prevailing sentiment, that homosexual men were foppish, weak or girly. So he drew powerful characters like policemen and soldiers, or lumberjacks from his homeland. The men were partially or wholly undressed with prominent sexual characteristics. They were an instant hit with readers in America.

Out of thousands of Tom of Finland drawings, the Finnish post office’s stamp design process narrowed down the field. Putting naked bodies on stamps was not new in Finland, but it hadn’t been done in a long time. “In 1949 we issued sauna-themed stamps with naked women’s bodies” says Markku Penttinen. “We also knew that this issue will raise some discussion among customers, and it did. There are customers who do not like this kind of art” he admits.

“Over half of the Finnish people support marriage equality” says SETA’s Rosavaara. “It is difficult to say why the issue makes politicians so uncertain, especially, since Finland is known as a model for equality. I hope the marriage law will be mended as soon as possible”.

“The popularity of the stamps tells something about the change that has happened in the Finnish society” says Rosavaara. “In the last few years, his works have more and more been presented also in Finland and thus become more widely known. The current legislative issues, that interest the LGBTI community, have gotten a lot of attention, and we have been widely able to discuss the biggest problems and bring up our own views”.

The Finnish post office only issued a limited number of 200,000 sheets of Tom of Finland stamps and once they’re sold no re-prints are planned.

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE BY DAVID MAC DOUGALL

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEX LA CRUZ

For the Record, Friends of Tom

TOM OF FINLAND ART FAIR 2014

Scenes from the international art fair at TOM House in Los Angeles

 

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