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Release of Tom of Finland postal stamps and corresponding exhibition attract widespread attention

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The Tom of Finland postal stamp series and a coinciding exhibition of Tom’s letter correspondence, Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finlandrecently launched in Finland to national and international attention.

Finland’s postal service, Itella Posti Oy, released the Tom of Finland stamp series on Monday, September 8. The three 1st class stamps were coordinated by Solja Järvenpää of Arts Promotion Centre Finland; Susanna Luoto and Durk Dehner of Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF); and Timo Berry of Finnish design agency BOTH. In the lead-up to the release, the historic sheet of three stamps raised immense interest worldwide, attracting preorders from 178 countries.

On the same day as the stamp release, the Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland exhibition opened as the inaugural show at Finland’s new Postal Museum. Housed in the Vapriikki museum centre in the city of Tampere, this exhibition features a selection of Tom’s correspondence – on display for the first time – along with a selection of additional items, including some of Tom’s clothing.

Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of Finland

“Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of Finland” exhibition (photo: Juha White River)

 

Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of Finland

“Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of Finland” exhibition. Clothing provided by Tom of Finland Foundation and Kenneth “Wiki” Wickman (photo: Postimuseo)

 

As well as attracting international attention, both the stamps and exhibition have attracted considerable attention in Tom’s native Finland, with coverage appearing in Finnish national newspaper Iltalehti  (in the article, “Tom of Finland -postimerkit kiinnostivat jonoksi asti”), Finland’s national public broadcaster Yle (in the article, “Tom of Finland -postimerkit suosituimpia Suomen historiassa – ennakkotilauksia 178 maahan”), amongst many others.

Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland runs until March 29, 2015 at the Postal Museum at Museum Centre VapriikkiAlaverstaanraitti 5, 33101 Tampere, Finland. Exhibition hours: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. Map | Museum phone number +358 (0) 3 5656 6966.

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“Not only an artist”: Tom of Finland in Finland’s Iltalehti newspaper

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Iltalehti newspaper

Finnish national newspaper Iltalehti has published a full page article on Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen). The article’s title quotes Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) President Durk Dehner: “Touko ei ollut vain taiteilija” (translation: “Touko was not only an artist”).

Featuring an interview with Durk, the article discusses the current wave of Tom of Finland projects – all accomplished with ToFF support – in Tom’s native Finland. Two of these projects will be launched on September 8: the forthcoming Tom of Finland postal stamp series, which has attracted worldwide attention, and a coinciding exhibition of Tom’s letter correspondence, Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finlandwhich will be the inaugural show at Finland’s new Postal Museum in Tampere. Last Thursday in Helsinki, two other projects were launched: Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames – an exhibition of Tom’s comic art, alongside comic art by other ToFF-associated artists – and a book of Tom’s comics in their original Finnish textTom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia.

Appearing on p. 12 in the August 28 edition of Iltalehti, the article includes a current photo of Durk and a 1982 photo of Durk with Tom:

Detail from article on Tom of Finland in Iltalehti

Click to download the article as a PDF:

Download as PDF: "Touko ei ollut vain taiteilija" article in Iltalehti

Download as PDF: “Touko ei ollut vain taiteilija” article in Iltalehti

Also appearing on Iltalehti’s popular news website on August 28 was a further article devoted to the Tom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia book and the Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames exhibition.

The Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames exhibition launch at MUU Galleria attracted a capacity crowd, as reflected in an album of photos recently published by the gallery to its Facebook page:

A capacity crowd outside MUU Galleria for the launch of "Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames"

A capacity crowd outside MUU Galleria for last Thursday’s August 28 launch of “Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames”. Photo: Sinem Kayacan

 

The Tom of Finland postal stamp series and the coinciding exhibition, Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland, will launch on September 8 at Museum Centre VapriikkiAlaverstaanraitti 5, 33101 Tampere, Finland. Gallery hours: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. Map | Gallery phone number +358 (0) 3 5656 6966.

“Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames” runs until September 28 at MUU Galleria, Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki, Finland. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 12-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm. Map | Facebook event | Gallery phone number +358-(0)9-625 972. Information and purchase details for Tom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia are available at the book’s page on the Like Publishing website. 

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“TOM IN AMERICA” makes Canadian Premiere at Festival Des Films Du Monde Montreal 2014

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The film “Tom in America”, starring Academy Award nominees Burt Young and Sally Kirkland, recently had its Canadian premiere when it was screened for the 2014 Festival Des Films Du Monde Montreal (Montreal World Film Festival) on August 23 and 24. The director and stars were also present for a Q&A.

Directed by Flavio Alves, the film’s synopsis makes reference to the Tom of Finland doll that was released in 2011:

For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael’s long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along. With long-held mysteries thrust into the open, the foundation of their marriage and the path of their golden years is suddenly rocked. Now, they must redefine their future, and decide if it is one their love can survive.

In the lead-up to the screening, an article in Digital Journal reported that the stars were optimistic about the film’s reception:

Young believes audiences “will react with tenderness” to Tom in America. Kirkland agrees, “I think the film will touch people’s hearts.”

As also noted in the article, the film was formally endorsed by Tom of Finland Foundation.

The film trailer can be viewed here:

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Tom of Finland Foundation Announces 10th Annual Emerging Artist Competition

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Frontiers, a Southern California LGBT magazine, has promoted the 2014 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition.

As noted by contributor Dominic Preston, “L.A.’s Tom of Finland Foundation is this year celebrating both the 10th anniversary of its Emerging Artist Competition, and the 30th anniversary of the foundation itself”. The article lists the 10 esteemed judges of the competition and quotes from a statement by Durk Dehner, President of Tom of Finland Foundation:

In actively mentoring emerging artists, being guardians of culture, and providing safe environments that nurture growth and blossoming of a broader context of visual erotic arts, we pursue Tom of Finland’s ethos and practice that inspired generations.

The competition’s Grand Prize Winner will receive an original Tom of Finland preparatory drawing, a detail from which is shown below:

Detail from Untitled (Preparatory drawing). Grand Prize for 2014 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition

Detail from 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

Submissions for the competition close on November 3, 2014. For further details about the competition, visit the 2014 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition page.

 

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Tom in China: Art World Magazine features an excerpt from Tom of Finland’s biography

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Art World Magazine, an influential art magazine published out of China, has published an excerpt from Tom of Finland’s authorised biography, translated into Chinese.

Tom of Finland Foundation approved the publication of the excerpt from Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero, written by F. Valentine Hooven III and published by Bruno Gmünder Publishing in 2012. The excerpt appeared in issue 272 of Art World Magazine – an issue titled “Sexy Signal”, which focussed on sex and bodies in contemporary art.

Art World (cover of issue 272, "Sexy Signal")

The excerpt was published under the title “Men’s men: The paintings of Tom of Finland” and featured two accompanying images of drawings done by Tom in 1982 – the drawings “Daddy’s Day” and “Mounted Patrol”:

Art World article: "Men's men: The paintings of Tom of Finland"

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TOM @ Modern Art – 5th July – London

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Untitled (#82.32) by Tom of Finland

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This artwork is currently for sale at DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM.

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Find comprehensive details on this artwork, contact the gallery
or browse more artworks by the artist in artnet Galleries.

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ComicsAlliance Presents The 50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics

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Kake
From Kake vol. 02 – “The Sexy Sunbather” by Tom of Finland
Created by Tom of Finland
Illustration by Tom of Finland, Pen and ink on paper, 1968, @ 1968 Tom of Finland Foundation

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“Rare and Raw” – 15th February – NYC

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G. B. JONES, Prison Breakkout #1, 1991, Graphite on paper, 9.00" x 7.00"

G. B. JONES, Prison Breakout #1, 1991, Graphite on paper, 9.00″ x 7.00″

A curated exhibition exploring Queer representation, historical visual culture and contemporary art production.

Queer communities are experiencing an overwhelming gap between older and younger generations—due to technology and generational lifestyles as well as the many lives decimated by AIDS. The past remains integral to Queer epistemology and representation.

Artists: Tom of Finland, G.B. Jones, William E. Jones, Zoe Leonard, Nina Levitt, Tara Mateik, Kent Monkman and Will Munro.

 

 

 

 

 

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (Preliminary for Jailhouse series), 1987, Graphite on paper, 11.75" x 8.25", © 1987 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (Preliminary for Jailhouse series), 1987, Graphite on paper, 11.75″ x 8.25″, © 1987 Tom of Finland Foundation

Rare & Raw contains a combination of contemporary installations, archival photographs, drawings, ephemera and video.

The exhibition conceptually sequences works based on themes such as power, sexuality, history and the Queer gaze. Co-curaors Steph Rogerson and Kelly McCray are pairing the works of more senior artists with their younger counterparts in order to cast light upon the different ways in which inter-generational artists engage with the same issues.

 

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TOM OF FINLAND Exhibition History

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Tom of Finland by PATRICK SARFATI

Tom of Finland by PATRICK SARFATI

Tom of Finland’s work is in museums such as: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art and the Kiasma in Finland.

Major Solo Exhibitions

Major Group Exhibitions

Public Collections 

Publications 

Video and Film

 

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