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Drag Brunch Benefit for TOM’s Foundation | 13th April | LA

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Hosted by
Jordan Frink, Mr. Sister Leather

 &
Daphne Von Rey

Palm Sunday – TOM House

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail from "Dick"), 1977, Pen & ink on paper, ToFF Permanent Collection #77.77, © 1977 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail from “Dick”), 1977, Pen & ink on paper, ToFF Permanent Collection #77.77, © 1977 Tom of Finland Foundation

Come enjoy a sit-down, pre-planned brunch menu with mimosas,
followed by entertainment and fun-filled surprises you won’t wanna miss!!!

NoonDrag Brunch
Must Purchase Pre-sale Tickets

1:00pDrag Show
$10 Donation at Door – All Proceeds go to ToFF
Open to ALL

2:00p - Easter Egg Hunt Hunty
Prizes Galore from Our Sponsors!

2:30p - Sunday’s Best Easter Hat Award
Grand Prize Awarded to the Best Easter Hat

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA

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Erotic Drawing Workshop | 20th April | LA

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Nude Figure Drawing & Painting

Easter Sunday
1-4p
TOM House

Patricio

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Sean Jake

Sean Jake

 

DJ: RocketManLA

Refreshments

$25 Suggested Donation
Scholarship Funds Available

Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
Please Make a Reservation

Miguel’s artwork has been published in Los Angeles Times Magazine, Blue, Chicano and Latino Artist of Los Angeles, and Saludos Hispanos magazine.

 

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“DO NOT DISTURB” | Through 21st June | Oslo

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Photos: Øystein Thorvaldsen, Oslo

Photos: Øystein Thorvaldsen, Oslo

GERHARDSEN GERNER

At the invitation of Elmgreen & Dragset

Cosima von Bonin, Cerith Wyn Evans, Tom of Finland
Simon Fujiwara, Julian Göthe, Henrik Olai Kaarstein, Henrik Olesen
Raymond Pettibon, Seth Pick, Ingegerd Råman, Prem Sahib
Dirk Stewen, Sissel Tolaas, Elmar Vestner and others

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“REX uncensored” | Through 1st May | Amsterdam

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QUESTION: Tom of Finland is perhaps your most famous contemporary working in the same field of pornographic art, and the artist you are most often compared with. Didn’t he also explore the unvarnished truth about male sexuality?

REX: Yes he did, but in a romanticized and idealized way. On that level it is much more profound and engaging on a more sensual level than my work. His intellectual approach to male sexuality is never mean or crass but positive and uplifting. Those are extremely difficult emotions to convey when springing from a purely sexual context. Tom studiously avoided portraying any degradation or demeaning situations in his work. In his era it was important to portray homosexuals as masculine Gods to lend self-esteem to homosexuals that they were being denied from the wider society. His drawings are suggestive of the Greco-Roman view of Men as Gods. I’m am only interested in portraying mortals being perceived as Gods in those moments of suspended disbelief that can happen when we are in the throes of sex.

Tom’s work has a more universal appeal with a generic quality which translates across all cultures where homosexuality exists. His work is timeless. Tom’s prototype is blond; mine is brunette. His men are absolutely clean and flawless, mine are imperfect and soiled. And finally, his medium was lead pencil which is soft and pliable, which lends his work a smooth satin finish. My medium is pen and ink which is hard and unyielding, incapable of half tones which give my Men a hard sharp edge. However, in psychological terms I would never attempt to cover the same mental territory he did. I work the other side of the street.

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BLUF | Eagle LA | 2nd Friday

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BLUF 2014

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Benefit for TOM’s Foundation | 13th April | LA

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The Event of the Season

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Hosted by Jordan Frink, Mr. Sister Leather
&
Daphne Von Rey

Brunch Tickets

Show – $10 Donation at Door

Prizes Galore!

Wear Your Finest

 

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Mr. LA Leather Contest, Vendor Mart, Silent Auction & LEGION Dance | 29th March

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SILENT AUCTION: TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Youthful Innocence (Detail), 1969, Fine art print (Ed. 250 - 2007), 19” x 13”, ToFF #9010, © 1969 Tom of Finland Foundation

SILENT AUCTION

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
Youthful Innocence (Detail), 1969, Fine art print (Ed. 250 – 2007)
19” x 13”, Framed, ToFF #9010
© 1969 Tom of Finland Foundation

Doors Open at 6p

TOM’s Foundation will be there!

Circus Disco – Los Angeles

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“PATRICK LEE: New Drawings” | 29th March | LA

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The third solo exhibition at Western Project by Los Angeles artist, Patrick Lee. For over ten years Lee has worked on his series Deadly Friends; an investigation into the lives of men on the streets of America. Looking to understand the subtle and often forceful appearances of men the artist has created a body of work this time inspired by the environs around LA City Jail and the nearby Union Station.

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Observing an area of opposites, he writes:

gray concrete, drab, sulphurous tungsten….a weird zone of Bail Bond boutiques, buses, trains… wandering about amongst thousands of commuters…many without any idea where to go or how.. Union Station is a hub, a place to start over in a sense and an opportunity to escape the city, the past.

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On View | The Secret History of Homoerotic Illustration

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Before Abercrombie & Fitch catalogs and Lady Gaga videos mainstreamed homoerotic imagery, some of fashion’s most talented illustrators had shadow careers from the 1950s through the 1990s drawing for underground gay magazines such as Physique Pictorial and, later, more overt porn glossies such as Mandate, Honcho and Torso. The Internet, with its abundance of porn, killed those titles, but a diverse trove of illustrations from their pages will be on display beginning Friday at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in SoHo, in the winkingly titled show Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Walls. Curated by Robert Richards, himself a longtime illustrator of fashion and homoerotic imagery, the show aims to exhibit “quality artwork that had to be hidden away for many years,” says Hunter O’Hanian, the museum’s director.

The magazines used these images, which generally reflected the fashion illustration styles of their eras, to enliven their erotic fiction, because creating them was cheaper than hiring models for a shoot. The show includes the work of major names like Tom of Finland, who was legendary for his exaggerated depictions of male anatomy and for reclaiming straight male archetypes for gay culture; Antonio Lopez, the ’80s fashion illustrator whose work has experienced a major re-emergence in recent years; Mel Odom, whose Deco-inspired portraits were a favorite in “Playboy”; and George Stavrinos, whose impeccable drawings graced Bergdorf Goodman ads throughout the ’80s. There are also the comically raunchy tableaux of Michael Kirwan, which are reminiscent of the work of Paul Cadmus and R. Crumb. “He drew big, clumsy, ugly men in hideously rendered rooms going at one another, and it’s just gross,” says Richards. “They have a wild humor.” On the other hand, he notes, “Odom can project more sexuality in a face than anyone else.” And Tom of Finland, says Richards, “defined how gay men wanted to look but didn’t know it yet.” O’Hanian says that the museum has just received an offer from a publisher to feature the collection in a book.

ROBERT W. RICHARDS, Toby, 1984

ROBERT W. RICHARDS, Toby, 1984

A piece of Richards’s own in the show is called Toby. “He was a boy I invented in the ’80s for Torso — a spoiled pet with a rich boyfriend,” the artist says. “I’d write a different chapter and draw the pictures every month. Toby was determined to be photographed by Bruce Weber, and all the images are inspired by iconic Bruce Weber shots. He finally did get a call from an agent, but when he reported for work, he found out it was a porn set.” Toby — naughty and narcissistic but ultimately respectable — declined the offer.

Stroke is on view March 28-May 25 at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster Street, New York.

By Tim Murphy

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LA Leather Pride Program 2014

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