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 in Miami Beach

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail from "Sailor's Dream"), 1959, Graphite on paper,Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #59.05, © 1959 Tom of Finland Foundation

“Tom of Finland in Miami Beach”
Posted on Glbtq by: Wik Wikholm

An exhibition of the art of Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991), a pioneer in twentieth-century Gay male erotic art, will be presented by the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach from April 14 through July 31, 2012. The show, entitled TOM OF FINLAND: Male Masterworks will feature twenty paintings and drawings, some of which have never before been exhibited.

Curator Volker Morlock will give a talk at the exhibition’s opening, which will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 7:00 pm until midnight at the Museum.

Glbtq contributor Ken Gonzalez-Day calls Tom of Finland an iconic artist who “has created some of the most indelible (and erotic) images of twentieth-century Gay life and has fueled the fantasies of generations of Gay men.” His work retains its relevance and erotic punch today.

Morlock has arranged the works on display chronologically to allow visitors to see the progression of the artist’s style and the evolution of his choices of subjects.

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

“Miami Beach is a vital art center and Male Masterworks is a great opportunity to celebrate Tom – both as a liberator and as an artist – during the city’s Pride.”  -S. R. Sharp, VP and curator for Tom of Finland Foundation

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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