Tom of Finland in South Beach

Tom of Finland: The Grand Master of Homoerotic Art Exhibits at WEAM 

By James Cubby

Tom of Finland, the pseudonym of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, is best known for his stylized in-your-face erotic and fetish art depicting heavily muscled men with large penises in tight or partially removed clothing. Some may be shocked by the work of Tom of Finland, who was labeled as the “most influential creator of gay pornographic images” by cultural historian Joseph W. Slade, however, his work has been exhibited in some of the world’s most important museums and galleries and is included in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design to name a few. “The MoMA in New York owns a finished drawing depicting a young man and several studies,” states art collector Volker Morlock, who has been involved with the Tom of Finland Foundation since 1991 and is curator of TOM OF FINLAND: Male Masterworks, the major exhibition of Tom of Finland homoerotic drawings that opened at the World Erotic Art Museum during the Miami Beach Pride Weekend.

You can see the exhibition until July 31st at
World Erotic Art Museum
Miami Beach 

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Legendary bodybuilder Chris Dickerson visits TOM exhibition in South Beach

Chris Dickerson, World Erotic Art Museum, 2012

Chris Dickerson is see here with the drawing
Tom of Finland did of him in 1972.

One of the world’s most titled bodybuilders,
Dickerson’s competitive career spanned thirty years;
he was known for both his heavily muscled,
symmetrical physique and for his skills on the posing dais.

Chris Dickerson on stage

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Chris Dickerson), 1982, Graphite on paper, ToFF #82.17, © 1982 Tom of Finland Foundation

He attended Olney Friends School,
studied music and is an accomplished opera singer,
in addition to his career in athletics.
Chris retired in 1994
and was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2000.

A ToFF Member and former resident of Los Angeles,
Chris now lives in Florida.

You can see the exhibition until July 31st at
World Erotic Art Museum
Miami Beach 

Tom of Finland Opens MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE Exhibition, 4/14-7/31

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail), 1966, Graphite on paper, #66.12, © 1962 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND – Male Masterworks exhibition opens on the weekend of Miami Beach Gay Pride with artwork that greatly influences Gay culture by challenging oppressive stereotypes. By depicting masculine men enjoying their sexuality free of shame, Tom of Finland has had an important effect on global culture. Harvey S. Shipley Miller of The Judith Rothschild Foundation stated that, “Tom of Finland was one of the five most influential artists of the last century; that influence transcended into the culture and became it.”

Five decades of this prolific artist’s work is represented and shows, in chronological order, the development of his techniques and the breadth of his subject matter. Also, as part of the exhibit, is a new video tribute to Tom of Finland and rare, vintage memorabilia.

Curator Volker Morlock, an art collector himself, has been involved with Tom of Finland Foundation since 1991 and was the editor of its anthology, Tom of Finland Retrospective III. Morlock was also a consultant for Taschen Publishing on its book, Tom of Finland XXL.

The exhibition runs till July 31, 2012.

World Erotic Art Museum
1205 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida