MARCH, 2011 ISSUE of ART magazine with report on TOM and the exhibition in Turku.
TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled, 1986, Color pencil on paper,
© 1986 Tom of Finland Foundation
ENGLISH TRANSLATION (via Google-translate)
After Elmgreen & Dragset showed his drawings at the last Venice Biennial, dedicated in 2011, the European cultural capital of Turku artist legend Tom of Finland. A large retrospective exhibition until 18 December 70 works by the artist who really came from Finland, but not Tom said: Touko Laaksonen When he was born in 1920 in the small town on the outskirts of Turku Kaarina, he died in 1991 in Helsinki. Art historians are still arguing whether his vigorous men images now sent to stereotypes play-ing or just use stereotypical images are.
Touko Laaksonen, better known as “Tom of Finland” (1955)
Gay icons of masculinity (untitled, 1986)
Bildredaktion/ Picture desk
Gruner+Jahr AG & Co KG
Am Baumwall 11
Postanschrift: 20444 Hamburg
A celebration of Erotic Art
Tom of Finland Foundation’s Erotic Art Fair Draws Hundreds
Nothing says springtime in West Hollywood like an art show featuring the best in male erotica. Hundreds of art enthusiasts, as well as those who just want to feast their eyes on some hot young male models, are in attendance for the 2011 edition of the Tom of Finland Foundation’s Erotic Art Fair.
An event that first took place in 1995, this well-organized showcase features erotic art in all forms, from photography and paintings to unique one-of-a-kind sculptures. The auditorium at West Hollywood Park provided a spacious venue in which to browse the artists’ offerings, as well as to meet and mingle with others in attendance.
The event also featured a ‘Meet Mr. L.A. Leather’ welcoming ceremony and informative symposiums on self-censorship within the gay culture as well as a discussion of the Government’s role in what can be seen as ‘art’. West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman and Councilmember Abbe Land were in attendance for the event’s opening ceremony.
Browsing art is one thing, but creating your own can be even more interesting. Live male models are on hand to inspire the creativity of those seeking a more hands-on (but not on the models,of course) experience. Each has found their own way to capture the male form before them, from pencil sketches to watercolors.
If one male model is good, two is even better. These handsome young men struck a very sensual pose and, should either of them need to take a quick break, I would be more than happy to fill in. These young men certainly captured the essence of what this weekend’s art fair is about – celebrating the beauty of the male form.
West Hollywood, California