A mock U.N. made up of Angelenos, contemporary art from artists with roots in the Middle East, the early erotic works of Tom of Finland, and Larry Clark’s photos for sale — cheap. Plus: textile-like paintings, a group show about love and war, late night in the Los Angeles Arts District and lots going down in conjunction with the L.A. Art Book Fair. As usual, it’s a busy week in the Southland. Here’s what we’ve got on the calendar:
Tom of Finland: Early Work 1944-1972, at David Kordansky Gallery. For their first show devoted to the work of the renowned illustrator of erotica, Kordansky has an array of drawings, gouaches and inked storyboards, some of which date to the 1940s, when Touko Laaksonen (a.k.a. Tom of Finland) had just finished his service in the Finnish Army. The pictures are by now part of the cannon of 20th century culture for the confident and virile ways in which they depict gay male sexuality. Be prepared for some racy images if you click through on the link. Through March 7, 5130 W. Edgewood Place, Mid-City, Los Angeles, davidkordanskygallery.com.