MARTIN OF HOLLAND: The Brown Book
Over the past 20 years, db/queerart has worked only as a nonprofit promotional tool for Queer artists, collectors and promoters/researchers. We’ve become respected and appreciated by some of the world’s greatest Homo artists, galleries ad organisations. Not in the least through the relentless input and uncompromising stand of our fellow founding member Martin van de Logt.
That is why his close friends and admirers of his art, together with the custodians of his art legacy decided that we could best honour his memory by presenting a printed tribute anthology with over 140 of his greatest works together with written articles by fellow Queer art promoter and Tom of Finland Foundation president Durk Dehner in LA; fellow NYC, SF and Amsterdam artist REX; LA art historian and artist Richard Hawkins; and myself, Ad Schuring.
There is much to understand and much more yet unexplained within the ever expanding boundaries of possibilities all spurred onward by our desires, urges and cravings. The art of walking on the edge between safety and danger, between life and death as Lou Reed’s song “Walk on the Wild Side” with a watchful eye on new explanations as we chart our ways back to out most primal natures. -Durk Dehner
Not a cheaply mass-produces product, it is lovingly designed and printed with the utmost care.
Limited one-time edition of just 480. No reprints will ever be done. €45.00
Tom of Finland Foundation and Feature Inc are the same age. The gallery represented the artist, first during the last years of his career, and presently for ToFF. Hudson shares in Tom’s legacy by helping place his works in museums and putting many people face-to-face with his original artwork for the first time.
“In 1984 Tom brought 1,500 rough sketches from Finland to store at the Foundation. He never thought they were worthwhile outside of his archives. But I went “oh my god, these are amazing”. So immediately, I sent copies of them to our gallery in New York, Feature gallery. Hudson is an amazing man, and did so much for Tom. Hudson exhibited Tom along with artists that he inspired like G. B. Jones. He also exhibited Martin of Holland, who made drawings of scat play. He exhibited all of them in his gallery in SoHo and he never put up an explanation or a sign. This fucking sign shit. Trying to prevent someone from being offended…”
– Durk Dehner, Sex Magazine, 2014
The one, and only one Hudson, forever.
There will be a private funeral and arrangements are being made for a memorial service in June.
MARTIN OF HOLLAND, Untitled (detail), 1977, From Tom of Finland Foundation Collection © 1977 Martin Holland
On Saturday, June 11, 2011, we here at Tom of Finland Foundation received some very sad, though not unexpectednews from the Netherlands. Martin Van De Logt, the artist known around the world as Martin of Holland, died at his home in Den Haag, in the company for his friends and family, from an inoperable brain tumor, diagnosed earlier this year.
Martin of Holland’s art appeals to very specific tastes, and to call it extreme might be a bit of an understatement. His passion for the subject matter and his unflinching imagination set him a part from those who crave social approval or critical adulation. In a time when so many new and established Gay and erotic artists are trying to “tastefully tone it down,” Martin’s work stands apart as both fiercely creative and proudly uncompromised.
Though many in his home country are unfamiliar with his works, his impact on one of the most socially progressive countries in the world was profound. As the last individual in the Netherlands to be arrested and incarcerated for producing and distributing his own pornography in the 1950s and 60s , the civil rights ramifications of his multiple year imprisonment helped insure that the generations that followed were free from bias and bigotry hidden behind and inside all acts of censorship.
We here at TOM House send our most heart felt condolences to his partner and his family. To view more of his work, check out his web page.