Art on the Edge

This episode of the #TASCHENpodcast is all about testing the boundaries, taking risks, and creating extraordinary images in precarious, sometimes life-threatening, circumstance.

With the release of the new Tom of Finland biopic, we speak with TASCHEN’s Dian Hanson

and director, actor, comedian, and life-long Tom fan John Waters

ca.2004 — John Waters — Image by © R¸dy Waks/Corbis Outline

to discuss Tom of Finland’s proud, joyful, hyper-masculine homo-erotica and its transformative influence on Gay culture.

Vito Giallo, former Personal Assistant to Andy Warhol, shares his memories of working with Warhol on the cusp of art fame, and the intricate practice behind his witty, cheeky, irresistible Illustrated Books from the 1950s, now reprinted by TASCHEN.

Finally, Magnum-photographer Steve McCurry describes his first, hair-raising crossing into Afghanistan in 1979 and his subsequent travels across the country, seeking out every-day humanity, even in the most extreme landscapes and war-torn locations.


Art as a Tool of Coming Out

Artistic contest | SUBMIT HERE | Deadline 28th June

Grand Prix du Jury (France)
Un aller-retour Paris-Helsinki pour deux personnes + 1 nuit d’hôtel
Le livre Tom of Finland XXL (Taschen)
Un print ToF en édition limitée (Tom of Finland Foundation)

Grand Prix du Public (France)
Un aller-retour Paris-Helsinki pour deux personnes
Le livre Tom of Finland XXL (Taschen)

Prix de la meilleure proposition internationale 
1er Prix – Un print ToF en édition limitée (Tom of Finland Foundation)
2ème & 3ème prix – Tom of Finland XXL (Taschen, via Tom of Finland Foundation)

Du 2ème au 5ème choix du Jury (France)
Le livre Tom of Finland, The Complete Kake Comics (Taschen)
Du 6ème au 9ème choix du Jury (France)
Le livre The Little Book of Tom : Military Men (Taschen)

Les votes se dérouleront du 1er au 3 juillet 2017 (inclus).
L’annonce des vainqueurs se fera le mardi 4 juillet 2017.
La remise des prix se fera le jeudi 6 juillet 2017.


Tom of Finland: From Gay Icon to Mainstream Sensation

In the beginning, he drew them simply for his own pleasure. But in the nearly eight decades since Tom of Finland began creating them as a young man, his boldly erotic and hyper-masculine illustrations have grown evermore popular, and proven astoundingly enduring.

Long iconic and even formative for American gay society, Tom’s well-endowed and sexually charged imagery is now hitting the global mainstream, and it’s resonating with new and surprising audiences — like women, transgender men and even art connoisseurs in China — along the way, even as it finally turns the artist himself into a household name in his native Finland.

“Tom of Finland” press conference during 66th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Andreas Rentz / WireImage for Helsinki Filmi

In New York this Sunday (April 23), a new Finnish-made and eponymously-titled Tom of Finland biopic will make its much-anticipated debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie, directed by Dome Karukoski and starring Pekka Strang as Tom, traces the artist’s life from young adulthood as Touko Laaksonen to his underground success as an expat erotic artist in America. Squarely geared toward mainstream audiences, the film has already been a major hit in Finland since its release there in February.

“I’ve been working on embedding Tom into the Finnish culture for 25 years, since he passed away,” said Durk Dehner, president and co-founder of the Tom of Finland Foundation, and himself one of Tom’s most frequent models. “It was his last wish that I would do whatever I could to let him be known and appreciated in his own country, because he was already being appreciated elsewhere.”

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