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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.


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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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 


Video and Film



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World of Tom of Finland Galleries

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Touko Valio Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Helsinki, c. 1959

Touko Valio Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Helsinki, c. 1959




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Tom Pillows in Extreme Decor Magazine

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This article came up in the Tom of Finland Google Alerts. The pink princess room has Tom pillows, it’s as if I designed it myself!!! We should get a copy of this issue for the archives…

 “To offset the pink, he chose black-and-white accents such as Tom of Finland toile pillows—which feature leather-clad men with whips.”

Most Absurd Quotes in New York Mag’s “Extreme Decor” Issue

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, by Sarah Firshein

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The bedroom in designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz’s beach house in the Rockaways, Queens.

Photos: Dean Kaufman

In a city full of extreme living—from 90-square-foot apartments to those on the market for $90M—there are only so many ways to woo New York magazine design editor Wendy Goodman. As has been previously established, one’s space must be somehow superlative, with bonus points awarded to anything designed by Annabelle Seldorf, lighting fixtures made of industrial bread tins, and rooms that include all of the following at once: Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Zaha Hadid, taupe, MoMA, Wedgwood, Visionaire, platinum, and B&B Italia. Which makes the just-released Spring 2011 Design Issue—aptly named “Extreme Decor”—particularly fascinating. In it, Goodman gets a closer look at that incredible crocheted apartment we featured here on Curbed in March, as well as Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz’s beach house, Amy Sedaris’s crafting area, and fashion designer Sylvia Heisel’s crazy, black-and-white rental (first photo above). The photos above speak for themselves, but then again, so do these:

· “On the walls, Olek crocheted graphic representations of text messages from various former lovers. ‘They can be forgiven once they are crocheted,’ she says.” [link]

· “Olek’s crochet needle will stop at no item, not even leftovers in the fridge.” [link]

· “During the day, the bed is made up with a formal roll pillow with canvas wrapped around it and a giant paint-spattered bedspread.” [link]

· “When describing the living room, Nixon quotes Diana Vreeland: ‘Pink is the navy blue of India.’” [link]

· “Sedaris’s kitchen is filled with fake meat and other artificial edibles.” [link]

· “What Sedaris calls the ‘baby’s room’ is actually her crafting corner. (‘I never have children over, by the way.’)” [link]

· Sedaris’s living room contains some of her favorite pieces, including a lamp shade made with hair samples and a teacup filled with fake tea.” [link]

· “‘Pink is usually for little girls. So I thought, Why don’t we see if we can make it strong and powerful, for two men?’ Noriega-Ortiz says.” [link]

· “To offset the pink, he chose black-and-white accents such as Tom of Finland toile pillows—which feature leather-clad men with whips.” [link]


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