John Waters’ 2017 film picks include “Tom of Finland”

DOME KARUKOSKI, Tom of Finland, 2017, 4K video, color, sound, 116 minutes.

“This dirty but dignified, oddly commercial biopic of the artist who inspired the modern-day s/m gay leather scene is now the Finnish government’s official entry in the 2017 foreign-film Oscar race. That’s what I call patriotic penis progress, and I hope it wins.”

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Art on the Edge

This episode of the #TASCHENpodcast is all about testing the boundaries, taking risks, and creating extraordinary images in precarious, sometimes life-threatening, circumstance.

With the release of the new Tom of Finland biopic, we speak with TASCHEN’s Dian Hanson

and director, actor, comedian, and life-long Tom fan John Waters

ca.2004 — John Waters — Image by © R¸dy Waks/Corbis Outline

to discuss Tom of Finland’s proud, joyful, hyper-masculine homo-erotica and its transformative influence on Gay culture.

Vito Giallo, former Personal Assistant to Andy Warhol, shares his memories of working with Warhol on the cusp of art fame, and the intricate practice behind his witty, cheeky, irresistible Illustrated Books from the 1950s, now reprinted by TASCHEN.

Finally, Magnum-photographer Steve McCurry describes his first, hair-raising crossing into Afghanistan in 1979 and his subsequent travels across the country, seeking out every-day humanity, even in the most extreme landscapes and war-torn locations.

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