The Tom of Finland Art Fair returns to TOM House the weekend of October 4-5, the iconic property where it has been held in earlier years in Los Angeles, CA. The Art Fair’s tagline, Art in Residence, reflects its staging at a residence of much significance to art lovers.
Situated on a quiet street in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, TOM House is the site where the artist Tom of Finland lived and worked for the last decade of his life, producing the erotic drawings for which he was internationally renowned. Preserved in homage to Tom, the house is visited by fans from around the world. The house also remains a home for the operations of the Tom of Finland Foundation, whose archives comprise the world’s largest repository of erotic art.
The Art Fair will showcase more than 30 artists, both emerging and established, from the USA and beyond. Workshops will be held, and artwork – spanning sculpture, photography, paintings, sketches, digital renderings and more – will be for sale. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour TOM House, including the attic space that served as Tom of Finland’s bedroom and studio.
TOM House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles (Echo Park), California 90026
Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door for general public; $8 for non-fair artists and Foundation members
Art Fair Saturday, 12-6 PM; Reception, 6-8 PM. Art Fair Sunday, 12-5 PM.
The recently opened Postal Museum is dedicated to researching, recording and exhibiting items related to communications and goods traffic created by Finland’s postal services and mail communications. The Museum’s collections comprise a large number of objects and photos, as well as stamps issued in Finland and various special displays of philatelic products. In addition, the Postal Museum also houses Finland’s only public library specialising in philately and postal history.
A few weeks ago, Tampere’s versatile museum centre, Vapriikki, welcomed a new addition to its roster of museums and exhibitions, namely the Postal Museum.
“At the moment, Tampere is probably Finland’s museum capital, because there are plenty of venues and exhibitions,” says Kimmo Antila, director of the Postal Museum. “Our new museum presents a unique national collection of philatelic and postal-history materials. In our exhibitions we tell interesting tales, raise emotions and spread knowledge about postal services and their history.”
The exhibition Sealed With a Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland, is open to the public until 29th March 2015 and focuses on the man behind Tom of Finland, Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991).
“Even though Laaksonen rose to prominence as a world-renowned artist, his profile has remained rather one-sided,” explains Antila. “This exhibition, however, presents a multidimensional person. It is a display about Tom of Finland as a young man, soldier, musician, brother, friend, artist, marvellous artist and an old man suffering from emphysema.”
The display of Laaksonen’s exhaustive personal correspondence covers several decades, from the early 1940s to 1991. In addition to these letters, Correspondence of Tom of Finland also presents early paintings, his outfits, artworks and photos from different times in his life, including a few portraits drawn by his sisters.
During his career, “Tom of Finland” Laaksonen produced more than 3,500 images. Some of these, created in the late 1970s, are now featured in a set of stamps recently released by Itella Posti Oy.
This year, the Tom of Finland Art Fair returns to TOM House, the iconic property where it has been held in earlier years. The Art Fair will showcase more than 30 artists, both emerging and established, from the USA and beyond.
Workshops will be held, and artwork – spanning sculpture, photography, paintings, sketches, digital renderings and more – will be for sale.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour TOM House, including the attic space that served as Tom of Finland’s bedroom and studio.
Drawing Workshops both days, 1-5p
Refreshments Available Throughout the Day
Admission: $10 suggested donation for general public
$8 for Foundation members and non-Fair artists
Peter Berlin is a photographer, artist, filmmaker, clothing designer/sewer, model and gay sex symbol. In the early to mid-1970s, Berlin created some of the most recognizable gay male erotic imagery of his time. Serving as his own photographer, model, and fashion designer, Berlin redefined self-portraiture and became an international sensation.
His two films, Nights in Black Leather (1973) and That Boy (1974) (credited in the latter as Peter Burian), played to packed houses for years and, along with other pioneering erotic filmmakers such as Wakefield Poole and Jack Deveau, helped bring gay male erotic films artistic legitimacy.
ARTISTS: Tom of Finland, Etienne, The Hun, Michael Kirwan, Jouni Lepistö, Joe Phillips, Benoît Prévot, Studio Splatter, Thor of Sweden and Bill Ward.
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