“Tom of Finland Preliminary Drawings” at Modern Art | through 10th August | London

This show is comprised of some 30 figurative pencil drawings dating from the early 1960s to the late 1980s, each made as preparatory studies for the highly finished illustrations of Gay visual identity for which Tom of Finland is internationally renowned.

Untitled, 1985, dated, signed graphite on paper, 29.8 x 41.6 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 3/8 ins (MA-FINLT-00022) Copyright Tom of Finland Foundation

Untitled, 1985, dated, signed graphite on paper, 29.8 x 41.6 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 3/8 ins (MA-FINLT-00022) Copyright Tom of Finland Foundation

STUART SHAVE / MODERN ART

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Talk on Tom of Finland and Antonio Lopez | 7th September | London

Exhibition: Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper)

Keeping you nice and limber… all in the best possible taste!

If this fantastic exhibit doesn’t fill you up, then you’ll be pleased to find out that the ICA are holding a series of talks to coincide with the show, including Sex and Stereotypes on 22 August, and From Style to Substance: Tom of Finland and Antonio Lopez, 7 September.

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The Institute of Contemporary Art in London delivers yet again with this frankly stunning show Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper), dedicated to nothing less then cock! This being a subject close to the hearts of the GT team, we feel it is our duty to tell you about it.

Unapologetic of its content, an enormous phallus greets you, blasting propaganda across its shaft as you walk in. This gives you an idea of what is to come throughout the show. Keeping the rhythm going, you are led through some rather queer-tastic imagery, to some mind-blowing American classic images, with a fresh twist by the artist Margate Harrison… think Captain America in drag and Dolly Parton mixing with A Clockwork Orange and you’ll get the idea.

If a star-studded show is not enough for you, then maybe you’ll get your fill from the cum-packed drawings by Cary Kwok, taking a prolonged look at the cum face in all it’s glory; it’s educational porn! And what queer-based art extravaganza would be complete without a blast from the legendary Tom of Finland? And for this, the ICA does not disappoint, with a whole room dedicated to the guy!

The show runs until 8 September, so there’s plenty of time left! For more information on this show and the rest of what’s on at the ICA, click here.

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Photos: Copyright Tom of Finland Foundation

 

 

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Keep Your Timber Limber

The drawings of Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, played an important role in popularizing Gay culture.

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled, 1959, Graphite on paper, 11.00” x 8.50”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #59.04, © 1959 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled, 1959, Graphite on paper, 11.00” x 8.50”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #59.04, © 1959 Tom of Finland Foundation

His depictions of Homosexual encounters are jolly, humorous and carefree and that’s precisely what made them revolutionary. Before him, Homosexuals were represented as sad, pervert, dirty and clandestine men. Tom of Finland clad them into police or sailor uniforms, leather outfits and lumberjack attires – that would later be seen on the members of the disco group Village People – and let them frolic in woods and changing rooms.

By Regine

 Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper) is at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, until September 8 2013.

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