Tom XXL is here!

TASCHEN News March 17, 2009

Tom of Finland XXL
Dian Hanson (ED)
Hardcover, 11.4 x 15.9 in.,
666 pages, $ 200.00 TASCHEN
ISBN 978-3-8228-2607-2

Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German

Available now. Click here and order today!

Bigger is better: The complete life and work of the artist Tom of Finland

In 1998, TASCHEN introduced the world to the masterful art of Touko Laaksonen with The Art of Pleasure. Prior to that, Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, enjoyed an intense cult following in the international Gay community but was largely unknown to the broader audience. The Art of Pleasure gave Tom well-deserved recognition and increased his following exponentially; Tom of Finland XXL will fix him forever in the realm of fine art.

With dimensions of 29 by 40.5 cm and 666 pages, Tom of Finland XXL contains over 1,000 images, covering six decades of the artist’s career. The work was gathered from all known collections across the US and Europe with the help of the Tom of Finland Foundation and features many drawings, paintings and preparatory sketches that have never been reproduced in any book. Other images have only been seen out of context and will be presented here in the sequential order Tom intended for full artistic appreciation and erotic impact. This elegant oversized volume will showcase the full range of Tom’s talent, from sensitive portraits to frank sexual pleasure to tender expressions of love and Tom’s haunting tributes to young men struck down by the AIDS epidemic.

Completing this collector’s edition are eight specially commissioned essays on Tom’s social and personal impact by Camille Paglia, John Waters, Armistead Maupin, Todd Oldham, Durk Dehner and others, plus a scholarly analysis of individual drawings by art historian Edward Lucie-Smith. For the man—or woman—who thinks bigger is better, Tom of Finland XXL is certain to satisfy.

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TOM House OPEN House | 31st March

“Once upon a time, I went to the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles for one of their annual fundraising celebrations. I had heard about this amazing mansion filled with pornographic archives, dungeons, S & M offices, and a huge collection of erotic male art, but I knew I didn’t have the proper outfit to wear. John Waters in leather chaps, no pants, and motorcycle boots is just not a look anybody would be comfortable with.” –John Waters from Taschen’s Tom of Finland XXL

“Tom of Finland Foundation is hosting an open house! As the home of male erotica in Los Angeles, the Tom of Finland Foundation is a rare and special organization. Whether you live nearby or have traveled from afar, don’t pass up an opportunity to visit TOM House during LA Leather Pride!” – LALP2019

Sunday, 11a-4p

Photo: Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Pioneering erotic artist Tom of Finland, lived in this two-story Echo Park house,
TOM House, during the latter years of his life.

TOM House – City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #1135


Art as a Tool of Coming Out

Artistic contest | SUBMIT HERE | Deadline 28th June

Grand Prix du Jury (France)
Un aller-retour Paris-Helsinki pour deux personnes + 1 nuit d’hôtel
Le livre Tom of Finland XXL (Taschen)
Un print ToF en édition limitée (Tom of Finland Foundation)

Grand Prix du Public (France)
Un aller-retour Paris-Helsinki pour deux personnes
Le livre Tom of Finland XXL (Taschen)

Prix de la meilleure proposition internationale 
1er Prix – Un print ToF en édition limitée (Tom of Finland Foundation)
2ème & 3ème prix – Tom of Finland XXL (Taschen, via Tom of Finland Foundation)

Du 2ème au 5ème choix du Jury (France)
Le livre Tom of Finland, The Complete Kake Comics (Taschen)
Du 6ème au 9ème choix du Jury (France)
Le livre The Little Book of Tom : Military Men (Taschen)

Les votes se dérouleront du 1er au 3 juillet 2017 (inclus).
L’annonce des vainqueurs se fera le mardi 4 juillet 2017.
La remise des prix se fera le jeudi 6 juillet 2017.