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Sizing Up the Tom of Finland Competition

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An article in Hint Fashion Magazine has promoted the forthcoming 2014 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition, now in its 10th year.

As the article states:

It goes without saying that erotica is the main criterion for entering the 10th Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition. But actually, there’s very good reason to be vocal about it. The Tom of Finland Foundation launched the contest in 1993 to advance the principles of the Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, who for decades portrayed well-endowed men looking for and engaged in homosexual acts — during a time when homosexuals were targeted, persecuted, and victimized by police.

Among the images accompanying the article are these photos of the gardens at TOM House:

Two photos of TOM House gardens

PHOTOS: Daniel Trese

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Art Stars Will Judge Tom of Finland Art Competition

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The Tom of Finland preparatory drawing that the grand prize winner will take home. TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1979, Graphite on paper, 8.31" x 11.69", ToFF #1004 © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

The Tom of Finland preparatory drawing
that the grand prize winner will take home.        

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1979
Graphite on paper, 8.31″ x 11.69″, ToFF #1004
© 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

For its 10th annual competition for emerging queer artists, the Tom of Finland Foundation has asked a group of 10 major art stars to judge the submissions. The roster includes Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset of Elmgreen & Dragset, Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson of assume vivid astro focus, Richard Hawkins, Bruce LaBruce, Helmut Lang, Linder, and A.L Steiner.

The competition is renowned as an open forum for emerging queer artists to showcase their work without fear of negativity or censorship. The grand prize winner will receive an original Tom of Finland preparatory drawing, a complementary booth at the Tom of Finland Foundation Art Fair, foundation membership, exhibition opportunities, and the honor of having their work examined by such a star-studded panel of judges. Second and third place winners will also be rewarded with  prizes. According to the foundation’s website, “the competition is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this competition, or artists who are already commercially selling work that portrays sexuality.”

The deadline for submissions is November 3, with the winners slated to be announced on December 3. If you’re stumped for inspiration, take a glance at Finland’s forthcoming Tom of Finland stamps.

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Drawing Workshop | 14th September | LA

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Life Drawing Workshop

MODELS: Keith Allan and Paul Boulon

MODELS: Keith Allan and Paul Boulon

Sunday, 1-4p

Refreshments

$25 suggested donation

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA

Each month the Foundation offers a friendly and positive environment to practice your skills. From unsure beginner to master artist, working with a live model provides unique challenges and opportunities unlike any other, giving each Workshop its own kind of excitement. 

Please make a reservation with Miguel Angel Reyes

TOM House

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“Sealed with a Secret” | 6th September | Tampere, Finland

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PMSealed with a Secret
Correspondence of Tom of Finland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1972, Pen & ink, gouache on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1972 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1972, Pen & ink, gouache on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1972 Tom of Finland Foundation

The exhibition reveals the man behind Tom of Finland, who rose to world renown. It presents a multifaceted portrait of the artist and Touko Laaksonen as a man.

In cooperation with:

Touko Laaksonen’s family
Tom of Finland Foundation
Homotopia
Turku 2011 Foundation
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Itella Corporation
Tom of Finland Seura
Like Publishing/Otava archives
Seta
The Finnish Comics Professionals
The Finnish Comics Society

Kenneth Wickman
Tuomo Niemelä
Kristiina Kukko
Timo Berry
Solja Järvenpää
Kalervo Pulkkinen
Cay Sevón

Susanna Luoto, Curator
Graphic Design by Wallu

Besides letters, Sealed with a Secret has on display the artist’s early paintings, later drawings, photos from different phases of his life, his apparel and his personal stamp collection.

On 8th September, Itella will release a set of stamps in Finland to honor “the most famous Finnish artist in the world”. The three 1st class stamps were coordinated by Solja Järvenpää; Timo Berry; and Susanna Luoto and Durk Dehner of Tom of Finland Foundation.

 

Sealed with a Secret inaugurates the new Postal Museum at the Museum Centre Vapriikki.

10th September, 6-8p: Curator’s Talk, ”The Artist of Various Images”, with Susanna Luoto.

Currrrin September 2014.

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Tom of Finland Foundation Taps 10 Art Stars to Judge Its 10th Annual Art Competition

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1979, Graphite on paper, 8.31″ x 11.69″, ToFF #1004 © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1979,
Graphite on paper, 8.31″ x 11.69″, ToFF #1004 © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

For the tenth edition of its annual emerging artist competition, Tom of Finland Foundation has tapped 10 art worlders to act as judges. It’s a fun group that includes assume vivid astro focus (Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson), Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset), Richard Hawkins, Ryan Heffington, Bruce LaBruce, Helmut Lang, Linder, and A.L. Steiner. The prize, which will be awarded to an unspecified number of artists, offers each winner “a Tom of Finland artwork, exhibition opportunities, and promotional support.”

According to the Foundation, “the main criterion for entering the Competition is that the artist is not already commercially selling work that portrays sexuality.”

“Artists create what they see,” S. R. Sharp, curator at Tom of Finland Foundation, said in a press release. “It is without trepidation of what of their works are seen. Sexuality is a nourishing element in a whole being. The artist Tom of Finland embodies an era of freedom. This competition gives a remarkable opportunity for the new artist to show their complete self and be recognized by others.”

All submissions must be received by November 3 and the winners will be announced on December 3.

blouinartinfo-logo—  Ashton Cooper

 

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Secret peek of “Secret” exhibition

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Get to know the man Touko Laaksonen
and the humanity of the artist.

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Sealed with a Secret
Correspondence of Tom of Finland

Opens 6th September

Postal Museum

Tampere, Finland

Salaisuuksin suljettu – Kirjeiden Tom of Finland näyttely rakentuu paraillaan. Esineitä ja kirjeitä näyttelyyn on saatu Touko Laaksosen, Tom of Finlandin, sukulaisilta. Eilen tuli lähetys Los Angelesista Tom of Finland -säätiöltä. 

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Helsinki Comics Festival | 5th-7th September

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The largest comics festival in Northern Europe welcomes comics fans and professionals alike. The main event features once again a comics market, Small Press Heaven, artists, exhibitions, discussions, presentations, live drawing performances, competitions, animation, kids’ events and clubs.

2014_festarijuliste

The theme this year is LGBT comics.

Among the highlights of this year’s festival are the exhibitions celebrating the lives and works of two of the most prolific Finnish LGBT artists, Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen) and Moomin creator Tove Jansson. 

DIRTY FRAMES | Opens 28th August

The exhibition includes artists associated with Tom of Finland Foundation including Etienne, The Hun, Michael Kirwan, Jouni Lepistö, Joe Phillips, Benoît Prévot, Studio Splatter, Thor of Sweden and Bill Ward.

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Life Drawing Workshop | 10th August | LA

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Sunday, 1-4p

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Refreshments

$25 suggested donation
Scholarship funds available

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA

Please make a reservation with Miguel Angel Reyes

TOM House

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Cigar Night benefit | 16th August | LA

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A Fundraiser for

Tom of Finland Foundation

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

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