John Waters is a maverick for all things camp, known mostly for his movies, books, and plays. He is also a rebound visual artist and long-time friend and supporter of Tom of Finland Foundation and our mission. He has loaned his talents to us for many events and projects over the years, including loaning work for the 2018 Tom House exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. He is now a permanent part of our collection and home. John recently gifted, along with Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Hairy, a limited edition C-print from 2006 to our growing permanent collection.
John, thank you for your continuing contributions.
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.”
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.