Publication | “Touko Laaksonen: Tom of Finland”

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1980, Graphite on paper, 16.50” x 17.75”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 2017 Tom of Finland Foundation

DRAWING IS PUTTING A LINE AROUND DESIRE

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1987, Graphite on paper, 11.63” x 8.25”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 2017 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom’s world was populated by cowboys, mechanics, cops, punks and thugs – all indulging their desires with great camaraderie and without quilt or prejudice. This book assembles a cross-section of these characters as dreamt up by Tom in rough sketches or more carefully executed studies. The format of a sketchbook lets the viewer take an intimate glance over the artist’s shoulder and share in his exuberant joie de vivre.

Edited by Juerg Judin and Pay Matthis Karstens
Text by Juerg Judin and Pay Matthis Karstens

295 × 240 mm
126 pages, hardcover
69 color ill.
Published by Galerie Judin, 2017
Images © 2017 Tom of Finland Foundation

ISBN 978-3-943689-04-4

€ 35.00, special price during the Ecce Homo exhibition: € 29,00
Or order through the gallery’s website. [Ships worldwide]

Special Tour of Tom of Finland exhibitions – 15th March

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Tom of Finland-filmen tävlar i Tribeca

Tom of Finland film competing in Tribeca

Pekka Strang plays Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland) Foto: Pressbild

Tom of Finland-filmen har utsetts att tävla i den internationella serien i samband med Tribeca-filmfestivalen. Festivalen ordnas i New York i slutet av april.


Filmen om Touko Laaksonen har regisserats av Dome Karukoski och huvudrollerna görs av Vasabördige Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen och Jessica Grabowsky.

Karukoski säger att New York var en viktig stad för konstnären.

– Han höll sin första utställning i Nordamerika där. En scen om det ingår också i filmen. Nu får Tom of Finland sin första visning i Nordamerika i just New York. Det blir en rörande stund, säger Karukoski i ett pressmeddelande.

Filmen hade sin Finlandspremiär den 24 februari. På fredagen fick filmen sin premiär i Sverige.


The film about Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991) directed by Dome Karukoski and starring Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen and Jessica Grabowsky.

Karukoski says that New York was an important city for the artist:
He held his first [group] exhibition in North America there. A scene of it is in the film. Now, Tom of Finland has its first tour of North America starting in New York. It will be a touching moment.

The film had its Finnish premiere on 24th February. The film opened in Sweden the beginning of March. Tribeca opens on 19th April.

 

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