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Terry Richardson “The Sacred and the Profane” | 7th March | Paris

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Courtesy Galerie Perrotin © 2015 Terry Richardson, All Rights Reserved.

 

Through 11th April

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Stuart Sandford at Art on Paper | 5th-8th March | NYC

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STUART SANDFORD, Tom’s pissoir (day), 2014, Unique Polaroid, 10.8 x 7.7 cm [Taken during artist’s residency at Tom of Finland Foundation ]

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ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE | 13th March | Helsinki

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe , 1979, Pen and ink on paper, 21.25” x 28.00”, © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe , 1979, Pen and ink on paper, 21.25” x 28.00”, © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

The American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) lived a life of passion in the New York underground and rock scenes in the 1970s and 80s. That passion also made its way into his art.

Consisting of more than 250 works, the retrospective exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma offers a broad overview of the key periods of Mapplethorpe’s career. In their aspiration for perfection, Mapplethorpe’s pictures blend beauty and eroticism with pain, pleasure and death. Mapplethorpe also photographed his celebrity friends such as Patti Smith, Andy Warhol and Richard Gere. Although solidly anchored in their time, his photographs are also universal and topical even today.

Arriving from Paris to Helsinki, the high-profile exhibition is a unique opportunity to learn about the art and life of one of the most important photographic artists of our time. The exhibition is curated by Jérôme Neutres from Paris with Director Pirkko Siitari and Chief Curator Marja Sakari from Kiasma.

Runs through 13th September, 2015

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Life Drawing Workshop | 12th April | LA

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MODELS: Barry (L.) AND a Hot Surprise (R.)

MODELS: Barry (L.) AND a Hot Surprise (R.)

Nude Figure Drawing and Painting

Each month the Foundation offers a friendly and positive environment to practice your skills.

Sunday, 1-4p

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA, with over 100,000 songs!

Refreshments.

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

Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
Reservations Required

TOM House
Echo Park

Please sign up for ToFF’s eNews to receive reminders of future Workshops.

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Tom of Finland Rufskin Party

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RUFSKIN X TOM OF FINLAND PARTY

San Diego brand Rufskin, maker of activewear for men, has teamed up with the L.A.-based Tom of Finland Foundation for a 15-piece collection of athletic apparel featuring those distinctive and homoerotic designs. Angelenos are treated to a special launch party at the Tom of Finland Foundation’s Echo Park space, where you will see the new collection up close and personal. rufskin.com

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MANO A MANO

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Tom of Finland’s pioneering work fought misconceptions of gay men
in provocative fashion…

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (28.7 x 20.8 cm),  © 1947 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND
Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (28.7 x 20.8 cm), © 1947 Tom of Finland Foundation

Cock, cock and more cock. Proud, throbbing, tumescent members wherever you look. Just thought we’d better let you know what to expect at this exhibition, although if you’re familiar with the work of Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland) it won’t come as too much of a shock. Of course, these days gay art is everywhere and (one would hope) not that shocking at all, but the show at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles is concerned with the artist’s early work from the period 1944-1972, at a time when such material was revolutionary and required semi-illicit distribution.

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled, 1970, Graphite on paper, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (22.2 x 17.1 cm), © 1970 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND
Untitled, 1970, Graphite on paper, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (22.2 x 17.1 cm), © 1970 Tom of Finland Foundation

Laaksonen’s portrayals of homoerotic encounters certainly don’t hide their light under a bushel; his men are muscular exhibitionists, unabashed and not given — it seems — to any sort of performance anxiety. In fact, Laaksonen’s figures challenged the prevailing stereotypes of the time of gay men as effete and sickly; his 1947 gouache work of a strongly-built, leather-clad chap in strident pose pleasuring a friend is one such example of this, as well as showcasing the artist’s delicate fashion-illustration style. Graphite drawings, inked storyboards and gouache works, selected with the input of the Tom of Finland Foundation, are on display in Early Work 1944 – 1972 until 7 March.

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Rufskin Partners with Tom of Finland Foundation for New Collection | 21st February | TOM House – LA

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A special launch event at Tom of Finland Foundation

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The new range of athletic apparel heavily features Tom of Finland’s homoerotic designs

First you could get his art on stamps, then on your bed linen, and now you can get Tom of Finland designs all over your body thanks to a new collection from Rufskin.

The San Diego-based designer teamed up with the Tom of Finland Foundation for a new 15-piece collection of athletic apparel featuring the distinctive artwork and designs of the homoerotic Finnish artist.

Head designer Hubert Pouches explained that his aim with the collection was to pay homage to the artist’s unique characterization of masculinity, which was itself an inspiration for Rufskin’s inception:

My goal when I was asked to collaborate with such an iconic name was to showcase the incredible work of an artist who insistently pushed the boundaries of art and sex and translating it into an ‘athletic’ wardrobe, which is today fully part of our daily routine.

The new collection will be available from Rufskin’s website and their boutiques in San Diego, New York, Miami and Amsterdam. Check out a few of our favorite pieces from the collection.

There’ll also be a special launch event at the Tom of Finland Foundation right here in L.A. 

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Tom of Finland by RUFSKIN | 21st February | LA

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CRITICS’ PICKS – Los Angeles

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“Adult Taste” tours | February-March | Tampere, Finland

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Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of Finland

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), © Tom of Finland Foundation

Special guided 30 minute tours of the exhibition. 18+
Presenting the artist’s boldest works, which are not usually on display.

13th February
14th and 27th March

Tours at 6:00p and 6:30p
Wine bar open till 7:15p

Visitors can stop at the bar, before or after a tour,
and view TOM literature and a slideshow.

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A guide acting as Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland) will reveal personal details about the artist’s life, the awakening of his sexuality, his loves, and being raised in Kaarina.

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