World Erotic Art Museum will honor master artist Tom Finland on Saturday, April 14 with a major exhibit of the famous artist’s work that is bound to be one of the most talked about events during Miami Beach Gay Pride weekend.
Museum owner Naomi Wilzig decided to showcase Finland’s work not only because of his artistic but also because of his groundbreaking work in the depiction of Gay men. Wilzig has been hailed as a pioneer for her courage in bringing erotic art to the public.
At the exhibit, entitled
TOM OF FINLAND – Male Masterworks,
art collector Volker Morlock, will give a talk on the pioneering artist, who is known throughout the world for his extraordinary homoerotic drawings depicting men. Morlock has been involved with Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) for more than 20 years, and has served as editor and consultant for art books that showcase Finland’s work.
ToFF is a nonprofit Educational Archive dedicated to the protection, preservation and promotion of erotic art and the encouragement of healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality. They have been kind enough to loan works from their permanent collection for this exhibition.
TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
“California” (Detail), 1981, Color pencil on paper
ToFF #81.01, © 1981 Tom of Finland Foundation
Tom of Finland died in 1991, but his work remains revered, and it is generally agreed that his finely detailed body of work will never be surpassed.
The exhibit will be on display from April 14 – July 31.
Located in South Beach, Naomi Wilzig’s World Erotic Art Museum is heralded as one of America’s best, little-known museums.