Apr 7, 2012
Art collector Volker Morlock, who has been involved with Tom of Finland Foundation since 1991, editor of the anthology, Tom of Finland Retrospective III, and consultant for Taschen Publishing on the books Quaintance and Tom of Finland XXL, will be special guest speaker at the opening night reception. Morlock has curated the exhibit’s original artwork which illustrates the development of Finland’s techniques and the breadth of his subject matter through five decades of his prolific work.
TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail, from the "The Tattooed Sailor" series), 1962, Graphite on paper, ToFF Permanent Collection #62.07, © 1962 Tom of Finland Foundation
By depicting masculine men enjoying their sexuality free of shame, Tom of Finland has had an important effect on global culture, in fact, he has been noted as one of the five most influential artists of the last century.
With his work generating invitations to exhibit in museums and galleries worldwide, in 1984, Finland and friend Durk Dehner founded Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF), lender of drawings and paintings which will also be on view.
Opening on the weekend of Miami Beach Gay Pride, the exhibit focuses on artwork that greatly influenced Gay culture by challenging oppressive stereotypes.
TOM OF FINLAND: Male Masterworks
Opening Saturday, April 14, at 8 P.M. at World Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Avenue. Tickets are $15, no one under 18 admitted.