Tom of Finland’s Erotic Drawings Highlight This Weekend’s Art Openings

Just in time for Pridefest weekend, Tom of Finland brings his infamous and empowering erotic drawings to the phd gallery. As Tom himself puts it, “If gay men have historically been portrayed as weak, pathetic and sad individuals, then Tom’s drawings blew this stereotype out of the water! His men were proud, happy and dignified. They were powerful and unapologetic and gay men saw these hyper-masculine images as heroes. Indeed, if you glance through comic books you’ll see the depiction of most Super Heroes is not unlike the men in [these] drawings. Tom’s drawings espoused an ideal in sexual prowess, and worldly empowerment for gay men that lasts even today.”

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (From "Washed-upped"), 1962, Graphite on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #62.10, © 1962 Tom of Finland Foundation

More information on this event and more after the jump.
By Chrissy Wilmes Fri., Jun. 24 2011 at 8:00 AM
Go!
Share

Misunderstanding and Oppression

“My drawings are primarily meant for guys who may have experienced misunderstanding and oppression and feel that they have somehow failed in their lives. I want to encourage them. I want to encourage this minority group, to tell them not to give up, to think positively about their act and whole being.”
— Tom of Finland, 1990

Share