TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Tom of Finland Exhibit in Miami Beach

Art collector Volker Morlock, who has been involved with Tom of Finland Foundation since 1991, editor of the anthology, Tom of Finland Retrospective III, and consultant for Taschen Publishing on the books Quaintance and Tom of Finland XXL, will be special guest speaker at the opening night reception. Morlock has curated the exhibit’s original artwork which illustrates the development of Finland’s techniques and the breadth of his subject matter through five decades of his prolific work.

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail, from the "The Tattooed Sailor" series), 1962, Graphite on paper, ToFF Permanent Collection #62.07, © 1962 Tom of Finland Foundation

By depicting masculine men enjoying their sexuality free of shame, Tom of Finland has had an important effect on global culture, in fact, he has been noted as one of the five most influential artists of the last century.

With his work generating invitations to exhibit in museums and galleries worldwide, in 1984, Finland and friend Durk Dehner founded Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF), lender of drawings and paintings which will also be on view.

Opening on the weekend of Miami Beach Gay Pride, the exhibit focuses on artwork that greatly influenced Gay culture by challenging oppressive stereotypes. 

TOM OF FINLAND: Male Masterworks

Opening Saturday, April 14, at 8 P.M. at World Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Avenue. Tickets are $15, no one under 18 admitted.

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Celebrate Gay Pride at the World Erotic Art Museum’s “Tom of Finland” Exhibit

World Erotic Art Museum will honor master artist Tom Finland on Saturday, April 14 with a major exhibit of the famous artist’s work that is bound to be one of the most talked about events during Miami Beach Gay Pride weekend.

Museum owner Naomi Wilzig decided to showcase Finland’s work not only because of his artistic but also because of his groundbreaking work in the depiction of Gay men. Wilzig has been hailed as a pioneer for her courage in bringing erotic art to the public.

At the exhibit, entitled
TOM OF FINLAND – Male Masterworks,
art collector Volker Morlock, will give a talk on the pioneering artist, who is known throughout the world for his extraordinary homoerotic drawings depicting men. Morlock has been involved with Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) for more than 20 years, and has served as editor and consultant for art books that showcase Finland’s work.

ToFF is a nonprofit Educational Archive dedicated to the protection, preservation and promotion of erotic art and the encouragement of healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality. They have been kind enough to loan works from their permanent collection for this exhibition.


TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
“California” (Detail), 1981, Color pencil on paper
ToFF #81.01, © 1981 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland died in 1991, but his work remains revered, and it is generally agreed that his finely detailed body of work will never be surpassed.

The exhibit will be on display from April 14 – July 31.

Located in South Beach, Naomi Wilzig’s World Erotic Art Museum is heralded as one of America’s best, little-known museums.

 

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Tom of Finland Exhibition – 04/14 – Miami Beach

TOM OF FINLAND – Male Masterworks


TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
California (Detail), 1981, Color pencil on paper
ToFF #81.01, © 1981 Tom of Finland Foundation

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7:00 pm – Midnight

Opening on the weekend of Miami Beach Gay Pride,
this exhibit of 20 original drawings and paintings
focuses on artwork that greatly influences Gay culture
by challenging oppressive stereotypes.
By depicting masculine men enjoying their sexuality free of shame,
Tom of Finland has had an important effect on global culture. 

Five decades of this prolific artist’s work is represented
and shows the development of his techniques
and the breadth of his subject matter,
with many pieces shown to the public for the very first time.

Tom of Finland’s art continues to play an important role in promoting self-confidence,
openness and a positive self-image in the Gay community.
Even with progress in Gay rights, stereotyping continues in entertainment and media,
proving that a discussion about the diversity
of masculine and feminine role models is as relevant now, as ever.

The curator, Volker Morlock,
will give a talk on the pioneering artist at the opening.

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
Untitled, 1985, Graphite on paper
ToFF #85.12, © 1985 Tom of Finland Foundation

Also, as part of the exhibit,
is a new video tribute to Tom of Finland
and rare, vintage memorabilia.

April 14, 2012 – July 31, 2012

Admission: $15 to Museum

1205 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach

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