Tom of Finland Untitledca. Sharp; John Morace; and Richard Hawkins and to all of the lenders to the exhibition. Indeed, his work stands in dialectical relationship to these events and the often oppressive culture that surrounded him.
The present volume traces the life and career of this important artist. Born in southern Finland, Tom played the piano at local coffee shops to supplement his income as a graphic artist until his watercolors of male sexuality began to appear as covers on major American gay publications. His impact as an artist has since stretched far beyond the gay scene.
Sex, however, is something else. New York is getting set for a Pride weekend like none otherand the justified elation with which the city has greeted the Obergefell decision has made equality the theme of the celebrations. But gay liberty is just as important as gay equality — and liberty, especially sexual liberty, is a more powerful and dangerous idea.
He lives in Baltimore. Camille Paglia is the author of six books, including her groundbreaking analysis of sexual ambiguity in art and literature, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson. Todd Oldham's studio is a multifaceted design studio for film, photography, furniture, interior decor, books, and even floral arrangements. He lives in New York City and in eastern Pennsylvania.
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His art is about high-octane masculinity, with every straining muscle of these muscular bodies lovingly detailed under clothing about to rip apart at the seams. And that includes the crucial zone below the belt, both fore and aft. There was nothing ambiguous about Tom of Finland's interest in his objects of desire: ""lf I don't have an erection when I'm doing a drawing, I know it's no good"", he himself said.
Touko Valio Laaksonen 8 May — 7 Novemberbest known by his pseudonym Tom of Finlandwas a Finnish artist known for his stylized highly masculinized homoerotic fetish artand for his influence on late twentieth century gay culture. He has been called the "most influential creator of gay pornographic images" by cultural historian Joseph W. Laaksonen was born and raised by a middle-class family in Kaarinaa town in southwestern Finlandnear the city of Turku.
For several decades, beginning in the s, Touko Laaksonen, a corporate advertising designer based in Helsinki, moonlighted as a pornographic draftsman named Tom of Finland. Working primarily in the medium of graphite drawing, he created a visual world of pneumatically buff, spectacularly well-endowed men, who — dressed as lumberjacks, truck drivers, soldiers, bikers, or not at all — met in complicated, often multiparty sexual congress. The action could get rough, but the drawing was always smooth — fine-lined, subtly shaded — and the faces of the participants almost invariably sunny. The work, widely circulated in printed formats, has been exhibited sporadically in New York galleries, but never in the quantity, or with the historical perspective, afforded by the current two-site Artists Space show, split between a survey of almost drawings at 38 Greene Street and a display of supplementary material mostly collages at 55 Walker Street.