TOM in new book from France, “Sex Press”

SEXUS POLITICUS! Au milieu des années 60 en Occident, une génération décide de briser le tabou du sexe contre la société, la religion et les valeurs familiales. Leurs idées underground explosent dans une nouvelle presse libre : de The East Village Other à Sexpol en passant par Actuel. TOUS ENSEMBLE? De la communauté à l’orgie, il n’y a qu’un pas que beaucoup n’ont jamais franchi! Sexualité de groupe libre et joyeuse versus partouze codifiée : comment les années 60 et 70 ont réinventé le sexe à plusieurs. Avec Oz, Suck, Screw… WOMEN’S LIB! Apparu aux Etats-Unis au milieu des années 60, le mouvement de libération des femmes est l’une des grandes affaires politiques des seventies, aboutissant à des avancées notoires. De Rat à Tits & Clits en passant par Le Torchon brûle. A POIL! Pratiquer librement la sexualité, c’est aussi reprendre possession de son corps. De la culture du corps libre aux plages naturistes, comment toute une classe d’âge s’est retrouvée à poil. Avec Nola Express, Berkeley Barb, Mainmise… MINORITES? On n’appelait pas encore ça le mouvement LGBT (lesbiennes, gays, bi et trans) mais ça n’empêchait rien! De Interview à Other Scenes, comment les combats des minorités sexuelles ont précédé ceux du mainstream. CHICKS! Maintenant que le sexe est en vente libre, pourquoi ne pas prendre un peu de plaisir? De Vedettes à Sex Stars System en passant par les pockets de gare : un parti pris résolument masculin. PORNO… Presse populaire, sex-shops urbains et cinéma X, comment en est-on arrivé là? Retour sur les prémices de la pornographie à l’époque où on appelait ça encore du cul. La révolution sexuelle s’est fait récupérer!

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled (Detail from Kake vol. 21 – “Greasy Rider”) , 1978
Graphite on paper, ToFF #78.40
© 1978 Tom of Finland Foundation

 

“I consistently represent masculine beauty.
Of course I do exaggerate the muscles and genitals,
for this is what makes it a dream.”
   -Tom of Finland, Men, 1973

 

Sex Press – Editions de La Martinière

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Sixth Annual Gay Pride Art Exhibition at Clifford Chance – NY

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991) Untitled (Premiminary drawing), 1981, Graphite on paper, 16.50” x 12.00”, ToFF #1099, © 1981 Tom of Finland Foundation

Gender, sexual identity, desire, community and visibility. These are some of the intriguing themes that will be explored through portraiture at a limited art exhibition curated to celebrate Gay Pride Month. The collection, The Mutable Portrait, consists of more than 100 paintings, photographs, prints and works on paper by a diverse group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender artists who use portraiture to express such themes.

The collection is housed at the New York office of international law firm Clifford Chance, which launched The Mutable Portrait at its Sixth Annual LGBT Pride Exhibition and is sponsored by Arcus Americas, a chapter of Clifford Chance’s global LGBT and allies community.

The multiplicity of perspectives, techniques and ideas embraced by The Mutable Portrait reflects the complexity and fluidity of human identity. Whether espousing visibility, evoking desire, critiquing cultural ideals of gender and sexuality, or celebrating either iconic LGBT figures or an intimate community of friends, in various ways the artists and subjects included in the exhibition assert themselves proudly.

The artists represented in The Mutable Portrait represent a cross-section of the art world: some are well-established, some emerging, some obscure. While many of the works are portraits in the narrowest sense (depictions of figurative subjects), what others more broadly portray are times, places or reflexive gestures that challenge the viewer.

“We are proud and excited to have such an impressive group of artists represented in this collection and to be celebrating our Annual Pride Art Exhibition for a sixth consecutive year.” said partner Jason Young, chair of Clifford Chance’s Americas Diversity Committee. 

16 June – 14 September

The Mutable Portrait curated by Jacob Robichaux

Clifford Chance, New York

To make an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact:
Diana.Koshel@CliffordChance.com

Tom of Finland drawing courtesy Feature Inc, New York

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DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE

Tom of Finland

 

“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, 1990

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