MUSCLE BOUND

TOM OF FINLAND

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (From the "Circus Life" series), 1961, Graphite on paper, 12.25” x 9.75”, © 1961 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (From the “Circus Life” series), 1961, Graphite on paper, 12.25” x 9.75”, © 1961 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland (né Touko Laaksonen) is known far and wide for his unmistakable able-bodied strongmen in the throes of passion, but the late artist’s first show at David Kordansky Gallery explores the early drawings, gouaches and storyboards he made from age 24 until he quit his job at an ad agency to become a full-time artist. Tom of Finland: Early Work 1944–1972 is on view January 17 to March 7.

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