Canada: Top Finnish filmmaker to direct ‘Tom of Finland’ biopic on life of gay artist

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), 1988, Graphite on paper, © 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), 1988, Graphite on paper, © 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation

One of the most successful Finnish film directors, Dome Karukoski, will direct an authorised biopic about the influential gay artist ‘Tom of Finland’ — the man who inspired the look of Freddie Mercury and the Village People.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The film marks the first time the Tom of Finland Foundation has approved a motion picture about the artist, who has been called the “most influential creator of gay pornographic images.” He is most noted for his stylised fetish art and his influence on late twentieth century gay culture. Over the course of four decades he produced almost 3500 illustrations, featuring mostly men with exaggerated muscular bodies in tight or partially removed clothing. His iconography has inspired top designers and artists such as Tom Ford, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, Freddie Mercury, and the Village People.

The film will be Mr Karukoski’s first English-language feature. He is currently at Toronto screening his latest picture, “Heart of a Lion.” Casting on the biopic is expected to be announced in 2014.

by Aaron Day

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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY Galerie Perrotin / 25 years” | 11th October | Lille, France

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Continuing in its series of invitations to large collections, lille3000 has invited the Galerie Perrotin to take over the spaces of the Tripostal in Lille. This exhibition will be an opportunity to take stock of French art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin’s vision of art and the world today, through a selection of works by artists he has exhibited in the course of his 25-year career.

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preliminary drawing), 1976, Graphite on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #1071, © 1976 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail, preliminary drawing), 1976, Graphite on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #1071, © 1976 Tom of Finland Foundation

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:
Chiho Aoshima, Ivan Argote, Daniel Arsham, Mark Barrow, Hernan Bas, Anna Betbeze, Jes Brinch et Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Sophie Calle, Maurizio Cattelan, Peter Coffin, Martin Creed, Johan Creten, Matthew Day Jackson, Wim Delvoye, Eric Duyckaerts, Elmgreen & Dragset, Kate Ericson & Mel Ziegler, Leandro Erlich, Lionel Estève, Tom of Finland, Daniel Firman, Mark Flood, Bernard Frize, Giuseppe Gabellone, Gelitin, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Thilo Heinzmann, John Henderson, Gregor Hildebrandt, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Damien Hirst, Information Fiction Publicité (IFP), Wendy Jacob, Sergej Jensen, Bernard Joisten, Pierre Joseph, JR, Yeondoo Jung, Jesper Just, KAWS, Jean-Pierre Khazem, Bharti Kher, Kolkoz, Klara Kristalova, Ange Leccia, Guy Limone, Adam McEwen, Ryan McGinley, Mariko Mori, Farhad Moshiri, Olivier Mosset, Gianni Motti, Mr., Takashi Murakami, Kaz Oshiro, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Philippe Parreno, Paola Pivi, R.H. Quaytman, Terry Richardson, Claude Rutault, Michael Sailstorfer, André Saraiva, Aya Takano, Tatiana Trouvé, Piotr Uklanski, Chris Vasell, Xavier Veilhan, Pieter Vermeersch, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, John Waters, Pae White, Kenji Yanobe, Sun Yuan Peng Yu, Peter Zimmermann.

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