Tom of Finland in South Beach

Tom of Finland: The Grand Master of Homoerotic Art Exhibits at WEAM 

By James Cubby

Tom of Finland, the pseudonym of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, is best known for his stylized in-your-face erotic and fetish art depicting heavily muscled men with large penises in tight or partially removed clothing. Some may be shocked by the work of Tom of Finland, who was labeled as the “most influential creator of gay pornographic images” by cultural historian Joseph W. Slade, however, his work has been exhibited in some of the world’s most important museums and galleries and is included in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design to name a few. “The MoMA in New York owns a finished drawing depicting a young man and several studies,” states art collector Volker Morlock, who has been involved with the Tom of Finland Foundation since 1991 and is curator of TOM OF FINLAND: Male Masterworks, the major exhibition of Tom of Finland homoerotic drawings that opened at the World Erotic Art Museum during the Miami Beach Pride Weekend.

You can see the exhibition until July 31st at
World Erotic Art Museum
Miami Beach 

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Opening of “TOM OF FINLAND: Male Masterworks” – Miami Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom of Finland by Robert Mapplethorpe

 

 

 

 

Volker Morlock and Naomi Wilzig

PHOTOS BY DAVID L. JARRETT

 

Tom of Finland in Miami Beach
Opening of
TOM OF FINLAND: Male Masterworks

Now through July 31, 2012

 

WORLD EROTIC ART MUSEUM
1205 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

 

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“TOM OF FINLAND : Male Masterworks” on display April 14 to July 31 at World Erotic Art Museum

TOM OF FINLAND : MALE MASTERWORKS
DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF THE PIONEER OF HOMOEROTIC ART,
TO OPEN EXTENSIVE EXHIBIT OF DRAWINGS
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 THROUGH JULY 31
AT MIAMI BEACH’S
WORLD EROTIC ART MUSEUM

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1989, Color pencil on paper, ToFF #89.17, © 1989 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland,
born Touko Laaksonen in Kaarina, Finland,

who came to be known throughout the international art world
for his extraordinary homoerotic drawings depicting men at ease and equally at play,
will be the subject of a major exhibit.

OPENING FOR MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE 

Raised in a farm country that was still rough and wild, Finland who came from a family of school teachers and studied art in Helsinki, was drawn to the muscular frontiersmen who became the inspiration for his drawings. It was following his release from the army after World War II that Touko was urged by advertising colleagues to submit his drawings to the American bodybuilding magazine, Physique Pictorial. The 1957 cover story of a laughing lumberjack became a sensation establishing his name as
“Tom of Finland.” 

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, MIAMIHERALD.COM

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