Showcasing the enormous wealth of erotic art and culture that is being conserved, protected and promoted by Tom of Finland Foundation

In Dutch and English by Xavier van Beesd

It is the first edition of the yearbook, which is entirely bilingual (German and English). The 400 page book, published by Konkursbuch in Tübingen, contains works by more than 120 artists and writers from around the world. The editors found it important to build a bridge between the continents of Europe and America and the twin cities of Berlin and Los Angeles. This issue can be seen as an exploration of the history, development and influence of the artist Tom of Finland through both homages and critiques. It also showcases the enormous wealth of erotic art and culture that is being conserved, protected and promoted by Tom of Finland Foundation, founded in 1984.

Apart from works by other artists, “My Gay Eye” also includes a larger selection of Tom’s work. “It starts with Tom’s work process: the collages he did with found images from newspapers and magazines and preparatory sketches. (…) Durk Dehner came up with the idea to feature examples of all the techniques Tom used, from taking his own reference photos, to pen and ink drawings, to the absolutely finished masterworks,” editor Rinaldo Hopf notes.

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