Tom of Finland Foundation Awards 2019

Danny Fuentes, Pierre Davis, Don Bachardy

The annual awards presentation saw a mix of our history and our future, all represented in the 2019 class of Tom of Finland Foundation awardees.


ARTIST HALL OF FAME
FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO
THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

DON BACHARDY

A career spanning sixty years, it is an honor to induct Don Bachardy into the Tom of Finland Foundation Artist Hall of Fame. Don is a portrait artist, who studied art both in Los Angeles at the Chouinard Art Institute and the Slade School of Art in London;  he had his first one-man show in London, in 1961. Don has continued with exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston and New York. Seven books of his portraits have been published. A native of Los Angeles, and a long time resident of Santa Monica, where he resided with Christopher Isherwood. Don continues to work producing for both for gallery shows and commissions.

His works reside in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the United States and Europe. We are proud to have his work as part of Tom of Finland Foundation’s permanent collection.

Artist Hall of Fame – Don Bachardy

Bachardy joins previous inductees which include – Tom of Finland, Herb Ritts, Jim French, The Hun, and Pierre et Gilles.


CULTURAL ICON AWARD
FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AND IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTIONS
TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

PIERRE DAVIS

Pierre founded Los Angeles based fashion house No Sesso, which means no gender in Italian, which is quite fitting as Pierre’s work dresses and empowers those of every and any identity, particularly people of color and non-binary individuals who might not otherwise have felt at home, or even seen by high fashion and luxury brands.

Recently making history as the first openly trans designer to have a show during New York fashion week, Pierre is taking her place as a cultural icon.

Cultural Icon – Pierre Davis

Davis joins previous winners which include – John Waters, Peter Berlin, Camille Paglia, and Ivy Bottini.



ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AND PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT

DANNY FUENTES

Danny is the accidental gallerist, opening his gallery space – Lethal Amounts in 2013 as a place to showcase his T-shirts – and it has expanded from there, recently hosting the Community Guidelines show, which we are fortunate to be able to highlight some of those works during the Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival this weekend – all of which were censored on social media, fitting quite perfectly with this year’s focus.

From creating an iconic image, “LA in safety pins,” and making T-shirts, to fighting to protect his brand from pirating by others, Danny has certainly achieved quite a lot – and he is ready to still so much more. Tom of Finland Foundation is excited to be co producing the upcoming Pandrogeny I&II exhibition with Lethal Amounts and Danny.

Achievement Award – Danny Fuentes

Fuentes joins previous winners which include – Rubén Esparza and Slava Mogutin


INSPIRATION AWARD
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

CHRISTOPHER HARRITY

Christopher has been a pioneer in the LGBT community for the past 40 years. He is an author, art director and creative soul. He currently serves as the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out; where he enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers; and you can often find him poring over the moldering archives of the magazines.

Dan Szuhay (L.) accepting for Inspiration

Harrity joins previous winners which include – Carrington Galen and Jon Wright


Tom of Finland Foundation is honored to have the opportunity to recognize these influential individuals who have, and continue to shape the world in which we live. Thank you for your tireless work to make and support art, and for challenging the status quo. We look forward to seeing what great things you accomplish next.

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All things LGBT, erotic, beautiful, taboo and fringe

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, c.1965, Graphite on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1965-2019 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival 2019: OUR Community Standards
5th-6th October


Recon visits TOM House for last year’s Art Fair and presents a genuine reflection of our vibrant and relevant community.

 

We are experiencing unprecedented challenges to our freedoms – especially when it comes to expression, as has been experienced by a number of LGBT artists who have been deleted, removed, banned or otherwise barred from full representation on social media.

For nearly a quarter century Tom of Finland Foundation has hosted an annual Art and Culture Festival celebrating all things LGBT, erotic, beautiful, taboo and fringe.

OUR Community Standards will look at censorship in art, and provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for both artists and the general public to see, feel and engage with art of all types, in a historic location that has played host to many luminaries throughput the years.

The Festival will showcase nearly 50 artists, the opportunity for visitors to make art themselves during the life drawing sessions with live models, film screenings, a live auction and the annual presentation of Tom of Finland Foundation Awards – to artists, supporters, and those who make a difference.

Saturday 5th October 2019
– Art Fair – Noon to 6:00p

– Drawing Session Noon – 3:00p
Coordinated by Miguel Angel Reyes

– Mikki Yamashiro 1:00 – 1:15p
Performance

– Panel Discussion – 2:00p
“How Do We Communicate On/With Social Media,” moderated by Jennifer Tyburczy, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Panel: Rick Castro, Artist; Brendan Hamme, Lawyer, ACLU; Marvel A. Rex, Artist; Dakota Belle Witt, Activist, ACLU;
Angela “Angel” Divina, Artist.

 – Peter Kalisch 4:30 – 4:45p
Performance

– Screenings – 7:00p
Hustler White (1996) and Sticks and Stones (2014)
Rick Castro will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions.

 

Sunday 6th October 2019
– Art Fair – Noon to 6:00p

– Sob Sister 1 – 1:15p
Musical Performance

– Drawing Session Noon – 2:00p
Coordinated by Miguel Angel Reyes

– Awards Presentation – 2:00p
Honorees includes Don Bachardy, Pierre Davis, Christopher Harrity and Danny Fuentes.

– Live Auction – 4:00p
Works from around the world – Japan, Great Britain, the United States and Finland.
See artwork below.

– Vicente Ugartechea 4:30 – 5:00p
Performance

Admission is $12 for each day, $12 for the screening; or $20 for a weekend pass.
Day of: $14 per day/$24 both days and films4fags

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