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Life Drawing Workshop | 15th February | LA

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Model: Harry (implied nudity) | Second model – complete nudity

Sunday, 1-4pm

Refreshments.

$25 suggested donation at the door.
Scholarship funds available.

Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
Reservations Required

Miguel’s art has been exhibited throughout the U.S including – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Alaska. Miguel has created murals for the Los Angeles MTA, and bus ad campaign for LA County Office of AIDS – AIDS/Living Responsibly campaign. His work is in the collections of LACMA print collections, Laguna Art Museum, Watts Towers Arts Center, University of Austin, TX, and Fine Arts gallery Museum, Chicago.

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TOM @ Paramount Ranch 2

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Photos by Marc Ransdell Bellenger

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Datebook: Model U.N., art of the Middle East and vintage erotica

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A mock U.N. made up of Angelenos, contemporary art from artists with roots in the Middle East, the early erotic works of Tom of Finland, and Larry Clark’s photos for sale — cheap. Plus: textile-like paintings, a group show about love and war, late night in the Los Angeles Arts District and lots going down in conjunction with the L.A. Art Book Fair. As usual, it’s a busy week in the Southland. Here’s what we’ve got on the calendar:

Tom of Finland: Early Work 1944-1972, at David Kordansky Gallery. For their first show devoted to the work of the renowned illustrator of erotica, Kordansky has an array of drawings, gouaches and inked storyboards, some of which date to the 1940s, when Touko Laaksonen (a.k.a. Tom of Finland) had just finished his service in the Finnish Army. The pictures are by now part of the cannon of 20th century culture for the confident and virile ways in which they depict gay male sexuality. Be prepared for some racy images if you click through on the link. Through March 7, 5130 W. Edgewood Place, Mid-City, Los Angeles, davidkordanskygallery.com.

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HERE’S THE EXHIBITOR LIST FOR PARAMOUNT RANCH 2

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31st January – 1st February

Los Angeles’s freewheeling Paramount Ranch fair, which debuted last year on the eponymous film set in the Santa Monica Mountains during Art Los Angeles Contemporary, will return for a second round this year, and has revealed the exhibitors. The list is a cross-section of smaller galleries from the United State and further afield, among them Lulu of Mexico City, High Art of Paris, Maccarone of New York and What Pipeline of Detroit. The full list comprises over 50 galleries, up from 36 in 2014.

“It’s going to be a little big vague and mysterious, to be honest with you, because that’s the modus operandi,” said dealer Alex Freedman, who cofounded the fair.

Freedman founded the fair with her business partner Robbie Fitzpatrick (with whom she runs L.A.’s Freedman Fitzpatrick gallery), and the artists Liz Craft and Pentti Monkkonen.

“There were a lot of artists who would talk to us about work that they had only seen on Contemporary Art Daily, or generally on the Internet,” Freedman said. “They’re M.F.A. students or B.A. students who have a ton of debt and can’t really leave. They hadn’t seen a lot of these places.” (Admission is to the fair is just $5—cash only—and it’s free for students.)

Credit for the unusual venue goes to Craft and Monkkonen, who are married and found it while looking for places to take their children. Rather than a convention center, exhibitors install work out in the desert and in buildings that have been used for everything from John Wayne films to Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

“There was the joke in L.A.,” Freedman said, “that if you got two or three people [into your gallery] a week, you got a lot. That has substantially changed since that joke was made about 5 years ago, because the city is transforming constantly, but at the same time this is an opportunity which is not only about sales—it’s also just a lot about introducing work to collectors and to a lot of local artists.”

SELECTED EXHIBITORS
Artists Space
C O O L
Green Tea Gallery
Queer Thoughts
XYZ Collective
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SELECTED OUTDOOR PROJECTS & PERFORMANCES
Liz Craft
Richard Hawkins and Friends
Pentti Monkkonen
P ’N’ P & Ruby Neri
Secret Circuit
Haegue Yang
COMPLETE LIST

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Tom of Finland’s Early Works

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Image courtesy David Kordansky Gallery

Image courtesy David Kordansky Gallery

A new solo exhibit in Los Angeles displays the artist’s early erotic works

Lately, it seems there’s a new exhibit of Touko Laaksonen (a.k.a. Tom of Finland) works just about every few months (and the exhibit of his work with Bob Mizer in L.A. in 2013 received a lot of attention). Now the David Kordansky Gallery is exhibiting Early Work 1944 – 1972, which surveys the artist’s formative years across 15 works. The L.A. exhibit continues through March 7, and each work was selected in close collaboration with the Los Angeles-based Tom of Finland Foundation.

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TOM OF FINLAND: EARLY WORK 1944 – 1972

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Exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory drawing), 1944, Graphite on paper, 11.30” x 8.25”, © 1944 Tom of Finland Foundation

 

Among the earliest works featured is a group of rare sketches from 1944 depicting clothed couples enjoying sensual trysts. The delicate fashion-illustrational style and the coifed hairstyles reflect the era, but the exposed and exaggerated genitalia, a burgeoning pre-steroid musculature, and most significantly, expressions of pride and playfulness signal Tom’s pioneering approach to sexuality. At the time, homosexuality was unequivocally taboo, if not illegal, and the dominant image of gay men was that of weakness, sickness, and effeteness. In a masterful 1947 gouache on view, Tom both flouts and acknowledges these prejudices with the depiction of a commanding, strong-jawed figure discreetly pleasuring his companion. The picture also displays an early fetish for leather and military garb, trappings Tom would adopt throughout his world as symbols of power and masculinity.

Continues on view through March 7, 2015.

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Paramount Ranch 2 | 31st January – 1st February | LA

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2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, California 91301

 

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View of Francois Ghebaly Gallery at Paramount Ranch, 2014, with work by Patrick Jackson and Mike Kuchar. Image courtesy of François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Wohlers.

 

 

 

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Mike Kuchar “Saints and Sinners” | 17th January | LA

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MIKE KUCHAR, Saints and Sinners, 2015 / Sins of the Fleshapoids, 1965

MIKE KUCHAR, Saints and Sinners, 2015 / Sins of the Fleshapoids, 1965

Exhibition runs through 14th February.
Screenings, every hour, during business hours.

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TOM OF FINLAND “Early Work 1944 – 1972″ | 17th January | LA

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The Gallery’s First Exhibition of Work by Tom of Finland

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1961, Graphite on paper, 12.25 x 9.75 in (31.1 x 24.8 cm), © 1961 Tom of Finland Foundation

This exhibition surveys the artist’s formative years across fifteen works, each selected in close collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation. These graphite drawings, gouaches, and inked storyboards–the majority of which have never been shown before–broadly trace the evolution of Tom’s exquisite draftsmanship and compositions from his earliest extant erotic works, executed just after serving in the Finnish Army during WWII, through to a complete comic produced in 1972, the year before Tom both earned his first solo exhibition, and retired from his advertising career to devote himself full-time to his art.

On View Through 7th March 2015

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