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The Art Of George Quaintance Taschen GmbH

The flamboyant life and forbidden art of George Quaintance.

George Quaintance was an artist ahead of his time, a man who forged several successful careers, yet never enjoyed mainstream fame. Had he been born a few decades later, we might know him today as a multi-tasking celebrity stylist, as a coach on Dancing with the Stars, or perhaps as the fine artist he aspired to be.

But Quaintance, who died in 1957, lived and worked during an era when homosexuality was repressed, when his joyful paintings and physique photos could not depict a penis. In an era before Stonewall, the sexual revolution, gay rights and the AIDS crisis, Quaintance and his high-camp erotic art existed in a demi-monde of borderline legality.

Half a century on, the masculine fantasy world created by Quaintance, populated by Latin lovers, lusty cowboys and chiseled ranch hands, retains its seductive allure. His highly prized paintings—numbering just 55—rarely come to auction, instead selling privately for undisclosed sums. As the preeminent 'male physique' artist of the 1940s and early '50s, his work for Physique Pictorial, Demi-Gods and Body Beautiful inspired a generation of artists like Tom of Finland, Harry Bush, Etienne, and other, lesser stars in their constellation.

Raised on a farm in rural Virginia, Quaintance traveled a fascinating path of reinvention: at various points in his life he was a Vaudeville dancer, the favored portraitist of Washington's smart set, and a celebrity hair designer—though he never actually touched hair.

Taschen's Quaintance traces his remarkable life story and reintroduces his colorful, kitschy and culturally resonant paintings—works that made George Quaintance the most popular and successful physique artist of his time, and one of its most intriguing figures.

Author: Reed Massengill is a photographer and writer whose 1994 Portrait of a Racist was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author/editor of several books, including Self-Exposure: The Male Nude Self-Portrait and Uncovered: Rare Vintage Male Nudes.

Editor: Dian Hanson was born in Seattle in 1951. For 25 years she produced various men’s magazines, including Puritan, Juggs and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN's sexy book editor in 2001. Her many books for TASCHEN include Vanessa del Rio: Fifty Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior, Tom of Finland XXL, and The Big Butt Book. She lives in Los Angeles.

Available on Amazon.com: The Art Of George Quaintance

More info and images on Taschen's Website: Physique painter as Renaissance man
Posted 11/13/2010

Artist In Print Tom of Finland

TOM OF FINLAND
(aka Touko Laaksonen),
Untitled, 1976,
Graphite on paper,
ToFF #76.53

Europe’s largest art magazine, Tate Etc., asked to use Tom’s “Fuck the World” image for an article on Paradise written by Lisa Lieberman.

To Each His Own Paradise

Between the twin poles of Smithson’s euphoric dystopia (a crime-ridden and nearly bankrupt New York), and the utopian pathos of Mitchell’s deathless lyrics (post-Manson-murders Los Angeles), sprawled the wildly paradoxical American 1970s, along with our coming of age. Whether “divine decadence” or political engagement, modern dance at the Judson Church Theater or Saturday Night Fever (1977), Tom of Finland’s superstuds-in-leather, Gordon Parks Jr’s Super Fly (1972) or Russ Meyer’s Supervixens (1975) – à chacun son paradis (to each his own paradise).

— Lisa Liebmann and Brooks Adams

Read the full article, To Each His Own Paradise (Direct Link), in the Autumn 2010 edition on the TATE Website.

Posted 11/13/2010
The Art of Man New Journal on Classical Male Images

The Art of Man… is a fine arts quarterly journal that seeks to bring balance to a genre of art that overwhelmingly favors the female figure. Every edition includes an historical reference, gallery interview, tips on collecting fine art, a directory of nearly 150 artists, and in-depth interviews with 5 artists that are courageous enough to focus on the male figure as a significant portion of their portfolio.

This journal does not include erotic imagery, photography, cartoons or digital art but focuses instead on classical images in traditional media like painting, drawing and sculpture.

The editor, artist E. Gibbons, has sent ToFF’s library a gift of his first two issues. Gibbons has shown at ToFF’s art fairs in NY.

The Summer 2010 issue spotlights E. Gibbons and Carolyn Weltman among others. The historical feature is written by historian Grady Harp on Jean Hippolyte Flandrin.

The Fall 2010 issue journal includes interviews with a winner from ToFF’s 2009 EEAC, Cauro Hige, and Stewart Hardman of Adonis Art Gallery, London. There is also information on other publications focusing on the classical male figure, a directory of over 125 artists and their websites and an article by the editor about collecting fine art prints.

The Art of Man Website 
Posted 11/12/2010
Search for Photographers and Artists Rare & Raw

The Transmission Commission Collective (TCC) seeks submissions for Rare & Raw; a curated exhibition exploring queer representation, historical visual culture and contemporary art production.

The intention of Rare & Raw is to promote dialogue that is invested in queer history and artistic production. Queer communities are experiencing an overwhelming gap between older and younger generations—due to technology and generational lifestyles as well as the many lives decimated by AIDS. The past remains integral to queer epistemology and representation.

  • How has history shaped current discourse on queer representation and visual culture?
  • What is the role of accessibility in queer history and contemporary art practices?
  • How have notions of the archive informed contemporary queer art?

The Transmission Commission Collective (TCC) is accepting proposals for film and video; painting and drawing; photography; installation; multi-media.

  • For film, video and/or installation DVD’s must be NTSC formatted.
  • Statement/Proposal, no more than 500 words.
  • C.V, no more than 3 pages.
  • For flatwork CD’s maximum 10 images 300 DPI [list 1-10 with title].
  • Image list with number, title, media and date.
  • Support material such as catalogues and reviews are accepted.

Deadline: December 20, 2010, Submissions cannot be returned.
Send to: c/o RARE & RAW
100 Dovercourt Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6J 3C3
For inquiries or questions:
Posted 10/10/2010

Search for Photographers and Artists Henning von Berg

The world’s largest gay publishing house is interested in finding new author talents for upcoming coffee table books. Main subject: male models, nudes and semi-nudes. Gmuender is searching for new photographers and also for artists.

Bruno Gmuender Verlag in Berlin has been successful for nearly 3 decades. To date, it is the globe’s largest producer of gay issue books. It also is the world’s leading gay distributor for books/films.

In good years, Gmuender Verlag has printed up to 45 picture books — photography, comic art, paintings — plus 35 wall calendars in English for the global market. In addition, every year Gmuender is printing about 25 text books — novels, reference books, travel books like the famous Spartacus — and 5 monthly erotic male photo magazines in 3 languages — English, French, German.

Bruno Gmuender publication has produced around 460 coffee table picture books for the international market. The main subject is male nudity for the gay mainstream, the books are featuring lots of skin. Every gay book store worldwide has a special “Gmuender” shelf with coffee table books. In addition, all their books are available online through Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Bookazine, and other renowned distributors.

Many of the major icons have published books with this important publishing house: photographers like i.e. Tom Bianchi, Howard Roffman, Steven Underhill, Ed Freeman, Fred Goudon, Ari Gold, Jeff Palmer, Joe Oppedisiano, David Vance, Pedro Virgil; and comic artists like i.e. Joe Phillips, Glen Hanson, and Patrick Fillion; and film studios like i.e. Falcon, Hot House, Colt, Bel Ami, ChiChi LaRue, Titan Media, Kristen Bjoern, Corbin Fisher, Michael Lucas, Raging Stallion.

Gmuender Verlag is interested to find new collaborators (young new talents and established artists) for future book projects (monograph books and anthology books). Every year, countless artists are submitting their images to Gmuender’s address in Berlin but only a very few artists are good enough for a publication. Some do not meet the technical standards, others do not fit into the company’s gay portfolio.

There might be a big number of unknown younger photographers and artists on this planet, who do not know about Gmuender publication. Most likely there are also older local artists with wonderful photos/drawings/novels, who are doing local exhibitions/readings but who are not using the world wide web to promote their art work.

Where are all the hidden talents (all ages, all media) who would like to see their own monograph book published with a strong publisher and a global distributor?

Check out the Bruno Gmuender Verlag Website or Facebook Page.

Please feel free to contact Henning via with names, sample pictures and websites.

Posted 10/08/2010
Gay Bar Will Fellows & Helen Branson

GAY BAR: The Fabulous, True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s.

While not focused on erotic art, the Foundation strongly supports documenting our gay heritage.

This book is a revival of an extraordinary memoir, first published in San Francisco in 1957, written by Helen Branson, a woman whose affection for gay men led her to operate a bar for them in Hollywood (at 5124 Melrose) in the 1950s. The new edition (U of Wis Press) includes the original contents plus a similar amount of new material, including photographs, by Will Fellows.

"Will Fellows has dedicated his Academic pursuits to examine the lives of Gay Men as they have contributed to American History. I'm proud to have supported Will in the promotion of the book where he profiled myself and some dear friends in the Preservation Profession. I flew him around the Country with every Mileage Plus Point I had. I eagerly anticipate reading his next book, "Gay Bar". It is a tribute to a Woman who offered a "safe" place for Men to interact and be Gay.

"Last year I worked with a small group of colleagues to Landmark, Le Bar, in Sunset Junction, as the site of LA's own Stonewall!! The events at Le Bar ended differently than Stonewall, no riots, no fight with the LAPD, no further abuse of Gay patrons, and remarkably, no more Raids by the LAPD of a Gay establishment in LA until the 21st Century. The stand off between hundreds of Le Bar Patrons and hundreds of LAPD Officers in full riot gear was stopped. Gratitude for a peaceful end to that event goes to the Judicial and State officials within the then Republican State Administration of Ronald Reagan (back when Republicans in California were truly Progressive). I believe after reading Will's new book, that another Landmark eligible site will be revealed."

— Jeffrey B. Samudio
Consultant and Educator to Interpret and Preserve California Civilization

Get it on Amazon: Gay Bar: The Fabulous, True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s

Posted 10/08/2010
Thanks to Our Supporters Vancouver Men In Leather
TOM OF FINLAND
Untitled (Man with keys),
1970, Graphite on paper,
Cat. #70.29,
©1970-2010
Tom of Finland Foundation

Vancouver Men in Leather’s Pride event - a Tom of Finland themed fundraiser was held Friday July 30, 2010. By all accounts it was a rousing success. The space was crowded from opening time, and most — if not all — attendees dressed for the theme of the night.

Raffle prizes of T-shirts and a Tom of Finland Comix Collection were drawn as well as a 50/50 ticket. Also available for sale were t-shirts and fridge magnets, provided by ToFF for the event.

Pictures and a more complete post about the night will be put up on Tom’s Blog as soon as the event organizers have had a chance to debrief and detox post-Pride week.

Posted 08/04/2010
The Alternative (Internet Radio) Terry LeGrand
Terry LeGrand

Visitors to our website should enjoy Terry LeGrand and his guests discussing a wide range of gay topics. Broadcast live on Sundays at 6:00 PM (PST), all of the programs are archived, and can be listened to over the web or downloaded for listening on your favorite media player.

Shows you won't want to miss are dated:

Sunday, July 11, 2010
This show includes a special interview with Durk Dehner from the Erotic Art Fair on March 27, 2010 on preserving gay culture.

Sunday, May 23, 2010
John Waters, along with guest co-host Mark Powers, discussed his latest book Role Models as well as his interests in art including his curatorship of Outsider Porn: The Photos of David Hurles exhibit at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City and his exhibit at the Rena Bransten Gallery (May 27 - July 10, 2010) in San Francisco.

Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Alternative visits the 15th annual Erotic Art Fair Weekend sponsored by the Tom of Finland Foundation held in West Hollywood, CA (March 27-28, 2010) with interviews with some of the artists, model, collectors, and Durk Dehner from the event.

Sunday, March 21, 2010
Durk Dehner, co-founder of the Tom of Finland Company and Foundation, discussed the history of Tom’s artwork and the Foundation’s dedication to preserving, selling, and exhibiting gay erotic art as well as preserving gay culture in general.

Learn more about The Alternative on LA Talk Radio.

Updated 07/30/2010 - Posted 05/28/2010
The Art Of George Quaintance Taschen GmbH

The flamboyant life and forbidden art of George Quaintance.

George Quaintance was an artist ahead of his time, a man who forged several successful careers, yet never enjoyed mainstream fame. Had he been born a few decades later, we might know him today as a multi-tasking celebrity stylist, as a coach on Dancing with the Stars, or perhaps as the fine artist he aspired to be.

But Quaintance, who died in 1957, lived and worked during an era when homosexuality was repressed, when his joyful paintings and physique photos could not depict a penis. In an era before Stonewall, the sexual revolution, gay rights and the AIDS crisis, Quaintance and his high-camp erotic art existed in a demi-monde of borderline legality.

Half a century on, the masculine fantasy world created by Quaintance, populated by Latin lovers, lusty cowboys and chiseled ranch hands, retains its seductive allure. His highly prized paintings—numbering just 55—rarely come to auction, instead selling privately for undisclosed sums. As the preeminent 'male physique' artist of the 1940s and early '50s, his work for Physique Pictorial, Demi-Gods and Body Beautiful inspired a generation of artists like Tom of Finland, Harry Bush, Etienne, and other, lesser stars in their constellation.

Raised on a farm in rural Virginia, Quaintance traveled a fascinating path of reinvention: at various points in his life he was a Vaudeville dancer, the favored portraitist of Washington's smart set, and a celebrity hair designer—though he never actually touched hair.

Taschen's Quaintance traces his remarkable life story and reintroduces his colorful, kitschy and culturally resonant paintings—works that made George Quaintance the most popular and successful physique artist of his time, and one of its most intriguing figures.

Author: Reed Massengill is a photographer and writer whose 1994 Portrait of a Racist was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author/editor of several books, including Self-Exposure: The Male Nude Self-Portrait and Uncovered: Rare Vintage Male Nudes.

Editor: Dian Hanson was born in Seattle in 1951. For 25 years she produced various men’s magazines, including Puritan, Juggs and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN's sexy book editor in 2001. Her many books for TASCHEN include Vanessa del Rio: Fifty Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior, Tom of Finland XXL, and The Big Butt Book. She lives in Los Angeles.

Available on Amazon.com: The Art Of George Quaintance

More info and images on Taschen's Website: Physique painter as Renaissance man
Posted 11/13/2010

Artist In Print Tom of Finland

TOM OF FINLAND
(aka Touko Laaksonen),
Untitled, 1976,
Graphite on paper,
ToFF #76.53

Europe’s largest art magazine, Tate Etc., asked to use Tom’s “Fuck the World” image for an article on Paradise written by Lisa Lieberman.

To Each His Own Paradise

Between the twin poles of Smithson’s euphoric dystopia (a crime-ridden and nearly bankrupt New York), and the utopian pathos of Mitchell’s deathless lyrics (post-Manson-murders Los Angeles), sprawled the wildly paradoxical American 1970s, along with our coming of age. Whether “divine decadence” or political engagement, modern dance at the Judson Church Theater or Saturday Night Fever (1977), Tom of Finland’s superstuds-in-leather, Gordon Parks Jr’s Super Fly (1972) or Russ Meyer’s Supervixens (1975) – à chacun son paradis (to each his own paradise).

— Lisa Liebmann and Brooks Adams

Read the full article, To Each His Own Paradise (Direct Link), in the Autumn 2010 edition on the TATE Website.

Posted 11/13/2010
The Art of Man New Journal on Classical Male Images

The Art of Man… is a fine arts quarterly journal that seeks to bring balance to a genre of art that overwhelmingly favors the female figure. Every edition includes an historical reference, gallery interview, tips on collecting fine art, a directory of nearly 150 artists, and in-depth interviews with 5 artists that are courageous enough to focus on the male figure as a significant portion of their portfolio.

This journal does not include erotic imagery, photography, cartoons or digital art but focuses instead on classical images in traditional media like painting, drawing and sculpture.

The editor, artist E. Gibbons, has sent ToFF’s library a gift of his first two issues. Gibbons has shown at ToFF’s art fairs in NY.

The Summer 2010 issue spotlights E. Gibbons and Carolyn Weltman among others. The historical feature is written by historian Grady Harp on Jean Hippolyte Flandrin.

The Fall 2010 issue journal includes interviews with a winner from ToFF’s 2009 EEAC, Cauro Hige, and Stewart Hardman of Adonis Art Gallery, London. There is also information on other publications focusing on the classical male figure, a directory of over 125 artists and their websites and an article by the editor about collecting fine art prints.

The Art of Man Website 
Posted 11/12/2010
Search for Photographers and Artists Rare & Raw

The Transmission Commission Collective (TCC) seeks submissions for Rare & Raw; a curated exhibition exploring queer representation, historical visual culture and contemporary art production.

The intention of Rare & Raw is to promote dialogue that is invested in queer history and artistic production. Queer communities are experiencing an overwhelming gap between older and younger generations—due to technology and generational lifestyles as well as the many lives decimated by AIDS. The past remains integral to queer epistemology and representation.

  • How has history shaped current discourse on queer representation and visual culture?
  • What is the role of accessibility in queer history and contemporary art practices?
  • How have notions of the archive informed contemporary queer art?

The Transmission Commission Collective (TCC) is accepting proposals for film and video; painting and drawing; photography; installation; multi-media.

  • For film, video and/or installation DVD’s must be NTSC formatted.
  • Statement/Proposal, no more than 500 words.
  • C.V, no more than 3 pages.
  • For flatwork CD’s maximum 10 images 300 DPI [list 1-10 with title].
  • Image list with number, title, media and date.
  • Support material such as catalogues and reviews are accepted.

Deadline: December 20, 2010, Submissions cannot be returned.
Send to: c/o RARE & RAW
100 Dovercourt Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6J 3C3
For inquiries or questions:
Posted 10/10/2010

Search for Photographers and Artists Henning von Berg

The world’s largest gay publishing house is interested in finding new author talents for upcoming coffee table books. Main subject: male models, nudes and semi-nudes. Gmuender is searching for new photographers and also for artists.

Bruno Gmuender Verlag in Berlin has been successful for nearly 3 decades. To date, it is the globe’s largest producer of gay issue books. It also is the world’s leading gay distributor for books/films.

In good years, Gmuender Verlag has printed up to 45 picture books — photography, comic art, paintings — plus 35 wall calendars in English for the global market. In addition, every year Gmuender is printing about 25 text books — novels, reference books, travel books like the famous Spartacus — and 5 monthly erotic male photo magazines in 3 languages — English, French, German.

Bruno Gmuender publication has produced around 460 coffee table picture books for the international market. The main subject is male nudity for the gay mainstream, the books are featuring lots of skin. Every gay book store worldwide has a special “Gmuender” shelf with coffee table books. In addition, all their books are available online through Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Bookazine, and other renowned distributors.

Many of the major icons have published books with this important publishing house: photographers like i.e. Tom Bianchi, Howard Roffman, Steven Underhill, Ed Freeman, Fred Goudon, Ari Gold, Jeff Palmer, Joe Oppedisiano, David Vance, Pedro Virgil; and comic artists like i.e. Joe Phillips, Glen Hanson, and Patrick Fillion; and film studios like i.e. Falcon, Hot House, Colt, Bel Ami, ChiChi LaRue, Titan Media, Kristen Bjoern, Corbin Fisher, Michael Lucas, Raging Stallion.

Gmuender Verlag is interested to find new collaborators (young new talents and established artists) for future book projects (monograph books and anthology books). Every year, countless artists are submitting their images to Gmuender’s address in Berlin but only a very few artists are good enough for a publication. Some do not meet the technical standards, others do not fit into the company’s gay portfolio.

There might be a big number of unknown younger photographers and artists on this planet, who do not know about Gmuender publication. Most likely there are also older local artists with wonderful photos/drawings/novels, who are doing local exhibitions/readings but who are not using the world wide web to promote their art work.

Where are all the hidden talents (all ages, all media) who would like to see their own monograph book published with a strong publisher and a global distributor?

Check out the Bruno Gmuender Verlag Website or Facebook Page.

Please feel free to contact Henning via with names, sample pictures and websites.

Posted 10/08/2010
Gay Bar Will Fellows & Helen Branson

GAY BAR: The Fabulous, True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s.

While not focused on erotic art, the Foundation strongly supports documenting our gay heritage.

This book is a revival of an extraordinary memoir, first published in San Francisco in 1957, written by Helen Branson, a woman whose affection for gay men led her to operate a bar for them in Hollywood (at 5124 Melrose) in the 1950s. The new edition (U of Wis Press) includes the original contents plus a similar amount of new material, including photographs, by Will Fellows.

"Will Fellows has dedicated his Academic pursuits to examine the lives of Gay Men as they have contributed to American History. I'm proud to have supported Will in the promotion of the book where he profiled myself and some dear friends in the Preservation Profession. I flew him around the Country with every Mileage Plus Point I had. I eagerly anticipate reading his next book, "Gay Bar". It is a tribute to a Woman who offered a "safe" place for Men to interact and be Gay.

"Last year I worked with a small group of colleagues to Landmark, Le Bar, in Sunset Junction, as the site of LA's own Stonewall!! The events at Le Bar ended differently than Stonewall, no riots, no fight with the LAPD, no further abuse of Gay patrons, and remarkably, no more Raids by the LAPD of a Gay establishment in LA until the 21st Century. The stand off between hundreds of Le Bar Patrons and hundreds of LAPD Officers in full riot gear was stopped. Gratitude for a peaceful end to that event goes to the Judicial and State officials within the then Republican State Administration of Ronald Reagan (back when Republicans in California were truly Progressive). I believe after reading Will's new book, that another Landmark eligible site will be revealed."

— Jeffrey B. Samudio
Consultant and Educator to Interpret and Preserve California Civilization

Get it on Amazon: Gay Bar: The Fabulous, True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s

Posted 10/08/2010
Thanks to Our Supporters Vancouver Men In Leather
TOM OF FINLAND
Untitled (Man with keys),
1970, Graphite on paper,
Cat. #70.29,
©1970-2010
Tom of Finland Foundation

Vancouver Men in Leather’s Pride event - a Tom of Finland themed fundraiser was held Friday July 30, 2010. By all accounts it was a rousing success. The space was crowded from opening time, and most — if not all — attendees dressed for the theme of the night.

Raffle prizes of T-shirts and a Tom of Finland Comix Collection were drawn as well as a 50/50 ticket. Also available for sale were t-shirts and fridge magnets, provided by ToFF for the event.

Pictures and a more complete post about the night will be put up on Tom’s Blog as soon as the event organizers have had a chance to debrief and detox post-Pride week.

Posted 08/04/2010
The Alternative (Internet Radio) Terry LeGrand
Terry LeGrand

Visitors to our website should enjoy Terry LeGrand and his guests discussing a wide range of gay topics. Broadcast live on Sundays at 6:00 PM (PST), all of the programs are archived, and can be listened to over the web or downloaded for listening on your favorite media player.

Shows you won't want to miss are dated:

Sunday, July 11, 2010
This show includes a special interview with Durk Dehner from the Erotic Art Fair on March 27, 2010 on preserving gay culture.

Sunday, May 23, 2010
John Waters, along with guest co-host Mark Powers, discussed his latest book Role Models as well as his interests in art including his curatorship of Outsider Porn: The Photos of David Hurles exhibit at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City and his exhibit at the Rena Bransten Gallery (May 27 - July 10, 2010) in San Francisco.

Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Alternative visits the 15th annual Erotic Art Fair Weekend sponsored by the Tom of Finland Foundation held in West Hollywood, CA (March 27-28, 2010) with interviews with some of the artists, model, collectors, and Durk Dehner from the event.

Sunday, March 21, 2010
Durk Dehner, co-founder of the Tom of Finland Company and Foundation, discussed the history of Tom’s artwork and the Foundation’s dedication to preserving, selling, and exhibiting gay erotic art as well as preserving gay culture in general.

Learn more about The Alternative on LA Talk Radio.

Updated 07/30/2010 - Posted 05/28/2010
Foundation In The News Style Section L. A.
Tom's Finnish WWII uniforms
are on display in his attic bedroom.

House of NSFW

Caitlin Monaghan had a “real” tour of the TOM House, joined by neighbors who booked a tour as well. Caitlin has just moved to LA from Chicago. She learned of ToFF because her brother is in the band that opened for Gay Beast after the reception for Danimal at the TOM house.

"Over the past six decades, Tom of Finland has become an international gay celebrity, but not until recent years has his art been recognized in mainstream art circles for all art lovers — gay or straight. Notorious publisher Benedikt Taschen placed Tom in the company of Leonardo DiVinci and Michelangelo when he bound and sold 666-paged (oh, the irony!) books filled with Tom’s best creations."

Read Caitlin's article in Style Section LA here.

Posted 07/30/2010
Foundation In The News Echo Park Now

A Gay Eden in Echo Park – The Tom of Finland Foundation

Echo Park Now visited Tom of Finland Foundation and had "a lovely time with the boys. Am I allowed to call them boys? Guys? Men?" Enjoying the art, and the house, and the cats: "I think I’ll just stay until they kick me out."

“There are many young gay artists throughout the world whose thoughts and desires are either unacceptable or outright illegal. Tom of Finland Foundation exists to offer acceptance to these artists and their creations.”

Echo Park Now is a blog about all things Echo Park — business, community, things to do, lifestyle, the arts… Read the article about the Foundation here.

Posted 07/30/2010
Thanks to Our Supporters TOM's Bar
Photo: JayPG

Our BIG fundraiser of the year was a smashing success, thanks to all of the hardworking volunteers that pitched in! Additional thanks to our supporters, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, our generous sponsors, and the artists participating in TOM's Gallery!

For a look at Tom's Bar — and whet your appetite for next year — check out the 376 hot photos taken by JayPG. Jay has been documenting many of the Foundation events for years. Thanks, Jay!

Reporter Damiana Garcia got quite an eyeful when she went to Tom’s Bar. Damiana took a gander at hot muscled dudes getting down (very NSFW!), and she got to chat with the Foundation’s president Durk Dehner and vice-president Sharp, Antebellum Gallery founder Rick Castro, artist Hector Silva, and numerous luminaries from the leather community - Mr. LA Leather 2010 Brad Taylor, Mr. Christopher Street West Leather 2010 Louie Pacheco, Mr. International Daddy Bear 2009 Joe Mannetti, Mr. West Coast Rubber 2009 Jeffrey Moline, Sister Buffy of the LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and many more. Damiana also got to check out the x-rated Tom of Finland action figure, and even received a good flogging from a cat o’ nine tails! Censored Video · UNCENSORED VIDEO.

Posted 07/09/2010
Artists in Print HAIR - an anthology of 48 artists
Hair

The fashion dictate of our slick high gloss culture in the last two decades looked down upon male body hair. Well shaved and trained was the common ideal that almost every man had to face. And gay men who decided to keep their chest unshaved were simply categorized as “bears”. But the times they are a-changin’! Therefore today we say YES to natural growth of hair! The anthology HAIR — 260 pages strong — is dedicated to the man that mother nature once created so brilliantly: masculine and sexy, muscular and hairy! And of course you can find a lot of men who truly deserve to be called bears on these pages.

Photographers and graphic artists present their individual and always very special view on the hairy world of hunks. Drawing legends such as Tom of Finland and Fred Bisones are featured as well as Tom Bianchi, Jeff Palmer, Joe Oppedisano and Dylan Rosser—each of them a top seller in the genre of male nude photography. They compiled several works of altogether 48 artists to light out every single facet of this hairy topic. HAIR is an anthology for everyone who just shrugs the shoulders when the epilated Adonis appears in the aftershave commercial, for everyone, who rather follows the call of the wilderness than the mainstream. Are you ready, guys? Let it grow!

HAIR, photography / comics / art, 260 pages, full color & duotone, image-wrap hardcover,
6 ¾ x 9" / 17 x 22,5 cm, US$ 43.99 / £ 24.99 / € 24,95

Hair Press Release PDF
Bruno Gmunder Website
Sepp of Vienna Website (Thanks to Sepp for sending us this information.)

Posted 07/09/2010
Foundation in Print OutWrite - Spring 2010
OutWrite
TOM OF FINLAND
(Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled, 1982,
Graphite on paper,
ToFF #82.20,
© 2010 Tom of
Finland Foundation

The “Queer Art” edition of OutWrite - Spring 2010 / UCLA features an article by Rich Yap entitled Erotic Art and Why It Matters with four Tom of Finland images along with a portrait of Tom. This newspaper is distributed at UCLA for students and receives a strong readership among the LGBT community on campus. With that said, the article makes a wonderful claim about erotic art to a new generation. Copies of the newspaper will be on hand at the Tom of Finland Library.

“In spite of all the recognition that Tom’s artwork has received and the legacy it has left behind, I worry that all these achievements are lost among the majority of my generation of queers. This concern is further exacerbated by the fact that I am always the youngest person at the house during my visits to the Foundation. I find this to be a travesty, especially among my fellow queer Angelenos given that our city played such a significant role in Tom’s rise to fame and recognition. But Durk disagrees with me.

“'I don’t actually see it receding completely away,' he reassures. 'Tom was an exception and still is — and why he was an exception is this: he was an expert artist and there was something magical about the man in his ability to actually speak through his drawings in that you could feel things coming through his drawings. And young men would feel like that drawing was talking to them specifically.'

"Those drawings definitely spoke to me, and I won’t lie—Tom’s drawings can still give me a hard on. And maybe Durk is right. So long as guys are still getting erections from Tom’s pictures, his legacy lives on.”

Read the full text of “Erotic Art And Why It Matters” by Rich Yap. PDF

OutWrite Website.

Posted 07/07/2010
A Generous Donation Christopher Russell
CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL
(American, 1974 - )
If You’re Looking
(from the series “Always”)
2000
Chromagenic print
15.75? x 11.00?
Gift from artist and
Luis De Jesus gallery,
Santa Monica.
Permanent collection,
Tom of Finland Foundation.

Christopher Russell is a graduate of Art Center College of Design (MFA 2004) and California College of the Arts and Crafts (BFA 1998).

Russell employs photography, bookmaking, writing, drawing, and digital-media printmaking to illustrate his explorations of the darker side of the human psyche. Investigating, and sometimes fabricating, the reasons people live or behave outside of socially acceptable margins, his work offers visions of what many would deem dirty, broken, useless, or criminal.

Chris was the subject of a Hammer Projects exhibition in 2009. From 2001 to 2005 designed, edited, produced, and distributed the “destroy-to-enjoy” literary art zine Bedwetter. He also wrote and edited an essay for the catalog that accompanied his curatorial debut of Against the Grain at LACE in 2008. He is now represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Christopher Russel Curriculum Vitae. PDF

Luis De Jesus gallery Website

Posted 07/07/2010
ToFF Recognized on Video WeHoKnights

Watch the video on YouTube.

WeHoKnights continues to support one of the WeHo Awards nominated Outstanding Organizations in our community, Tom of Finland Foundation! Take a look at the trail blazers who are preserving another part of our gay history.

It was produced by Alejandra Duque of Power of Love Productions. In this era of social transformation, producer, writer, and director Alejandra Duque welcomes challenges presented with the eyes of an artisan, the compassion of a humanitarian, and a tenacious commitment to detail that can only be earned by one who has truly paid “their dues” working through the Hollywood food-chain.

These qualities lend to her resolute commitment to create work environments that cater to individuals who understand that only a team or nuclear family can produce socially responsible films capable of transcending the tactics too often used to entertain our post-modern society. Alejandra does not give up. A simple and evident fact she attributes to her mother.

President and Cofounder Durk Dehner commented to Anthony Cortez, "Anthony. I want to extend my thanks to you for making the video on the Foundation, the Gay Pride Festival and TOM's Bar take place. I was truly moved by the words that each and all of you shared about yourselves and the Foundation. Thanks for being such an amazing person and bringing your wonderful friend, Alejandra Duque, and the Foundation together. I have been showing people the piece on YouTube and it inspires me to think about more."

See more of WeHoKnights on YouTube.

Posted 06/28/2010

Erotic Art Competition Erotic Signature

MICHAEL BREYETTE
Lathered Up

Erotic Signature announces its new International Search for the World’s best erotic artworks. This marks the fifth year that Erotic Signature has launched what has now become one of the world’s largest and highest prized competitions for erotic art.

Dedicated to both artists and art enthusiasts alike, Erotic Signature has put together a distinguished panel of judges consisting of museum curators, academics, collectors, editors and established masters in the field of erotic art to narrow down all submitted entries to a mere 200 winners.

Deadline: The Deadline for all entries is set for August 15th, 2010.

In addition to the three successfully published books, Erotic Signature has offered the winning artists from their yearly competition the opportunity to exhibit their winning artworks plus additional pieces in their annual exhibition tour named ARTundressed. Two years ago marked the beginning of this exhibition tour, which traveled from Miami to New York; Montreal (Canada); and Berlin (Germany). The second year, they launched the exhibition tour in Miami and it toured in Los Angeles and San Francisco. They have exciting news for the winners of this year's competition; a chance for them to be on one of the biggest stages in the art world where their work will be seen by tens of thousands of people.

Erotic Signature Website.

Posted 06/17/2010
Tip of the Hat Lorenzo Gomez
LORENZO GOMEZ

Lorenzo Gomez is helping ToFF with cataloging our poster collection.

Lorenzo Gomez has an BA in Fine Art Photography from California State University at Long Beach and has been shooting Latin Men for over two decades. He started out shooting men in the 80s working on his own Latin men calendar called Bravo. Since then Lorenzo has shot numerous calendars for 10 percent Productions/Village Lighthouse, again specializing in Latin Men to great success. His first book Dios Latino (Latin Gods) has sold out and gone out of print becoming a hot collector’s item. His second book Iron Men was published 2004. Both books feature gorgeous men from throughout Latin America.

Lorenzo’s work has appeared on over a hundred magazine covers, ads, posters, cards and billboards. His work has also been featured in gallery shows and movies. His greatest strength is his ability to blend eye catching composition and classic lighting, creating images that leave unforgettable impressions on the viewer. Lorenzo is available for assignments.

Lorenzo Gomez Website

Posted 06/03/2010
A Generous Donation Alan Lo & Troy Wise from Being Alive Studio
HORNEY MEN

Alan Lo of Being Alive Studio donated this work to the Foundation. He exhibited at our West Hollywood / Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend in 2010. Here's how we acquired this work, as told by TOM housemate and Volunteer Jake:

This past Erotic Art Fair Weekend was my first. During the Fair I came across a potter named Alan who had an array of ceramics to vend. As I hovered about, Allan mentioned he had a piece he had not been able to sell and wanted to give it away. So I wished him good luck and went back to manning the Cafe.

Over the next few days Sharp asked “How did you like the Fair?” I mentioned the piece from the Being Alive Studio and got an “Oh my god !” Next thing you know, I’m on the horn with Allan to schedule a drop-off date.

With a ring of a bell, lo and behold, two faces appear at the door — Allan Lo and his partner Troy Wise. What a package! Allan exclaimed the piece was called Horny Men. Horny + Men... Oh yeah, my eyes were all over it. Allan's works help benefit Being Alive, a support group for those living with HIV and AIDS.

We are proud to house one of his examples here at ToFF. Thank you, Allen and Troy.

Being Alive LA Website

Posted 05/29/2010
John Waters Interview
Tom's XXL Book mentioned!
by Greg Kramer
in Frontiers IN LA volume 29, issue 2
Photo: Greg Gorman

"Waters’ house is clean, but cluttered. 'I don’t think I’m a hoarder, but I’m not a minimalist, as you can see,' he cracks. Artwork lines every wall, and there are piles of books everywhere. He writes that he owns 8,089 titles, and one can’t help but notice the huge coffee table book of Tom of Finland prominently displayed."

Read more in Greg's Interview with John: Model Behavior

Posted 05/29/2010
Donation To Wings Tom of Finland Foundation
STUDFINDERS POSTER

Tom of Finland Foundation has donated a large group of posters to Wings for their Studfinders Auction on June 4-6, 2010. Wings is an all volunteer organization serving persons affected by HIV/AIDS. Wings supports life through social, cultural, emotional, educational and recreational activities in a compassionate, empathetic, safe and healthy atmosphere. (And from our point of view, what better way to raise funds than to offer art?)

Wings provides a broad range of activities such as retreats, bowling teams, canoe outings, theater, holiday gatherings, and monthly pot luck dinners, bar nights, dream adventures, and peer support groups. They now also offer retreats on Lake Huron. These activities are provided free or at a reduced cost since many participants are living on disability benefits or other limited income. Their sole support for these activities are private donations, fundraising events, and grants from sources such as Steppin’ Out-AIDS Walk Detroit.

Learn more about Wings
Learn more about one of their projects, Cutest Cabins

Posted 05/29/2010
EEAC Winners In Print NEXT DOOR Magazine

NEXT DOOR, an uncommon magazine celebrating the common man, has a four page spread on the Foundation's Emerging Erotic Artist Contest and the World of Tom of Finland.com address in the May 2010, 1st Anniversary Issue.

"This year’s competition produced the usual range of fresh and challenging work from an international roster of contestants from the UK, Italy, France, Mexico, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S...."

Pick up a hard copy version at your local magazine stand, or check out the magazine online. For this month only, they are giving away the first issue of their magazine for free!

Posted 05/14/2010
A Generous Donation Scott Siedman
SCOTT SIEDMAN
(American, born 1948),
Goliath Head, 2010,
Oil on board, 16" x 12",
Gift from artist

Scott Siedman donated this work on April 16, 2010. He showed at our West Hollywood / Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend in 2010.

Siedman has unquestionably mastered the skills of the old masters in both clay and canvas. Somehow the inanimate materials he uses in his work come alive in his hands, often becoming not just something “human” but something more than human when you stand before it. His Persephone, a larger than life clay visage frozen in the cerements of death and his Fallen Angel falling into hell are heroically classic in both their size and presentation.

But what sets Scott Siedman’s art apart is not just his technical skill. It is the sharp wit that hides within each of his figures, that stares back at you from within each of his frames.

For one thing, Siedman isn’t afraid of incorporating sex into his scenes. The phallus and the vulva make regular appearances in his work. The Sacred Part of Mary reveals an interesting notion of her transcendence. Sexual metaphors appear in his political works as well, like Embedded. But sexual imagery and situations aren’t used merely to shock. The illustrations clearly illuminate the compositions in which they are used. Can you really trust the military to spoon feed you a war through “embedded reporters”. Does Mary have to be a virgin in order for her to be... magical?

— Nancy Fulton, Articlesbase
Posted 05/14/2010

A Night of Leather TOM House
PHOTO: Manuel "Howie" Ramirez

On Friday, April 16, 2010 the Foundation hosted an evening for some special men — local Mr. Leather title holders — dedicated to improving our community.

The evening started with a tour of the TOM house and a light dinner buffet, followed by a trip to the Eagle LA. Arriving en masse, it made a definite impression! Leather retains its mysterious allure.

Find out what Louie Pacheco, Mr. CSW Leather 2010, had to say about the night here.

Posted 05/14/2010
A Generous Donation John Palatinus
Administrator Sharp (l) with
John Platinus

We thank John Palatinus for his donation of the brilliantly organized digital prints of his body of work. And a most impressive body it is! We also thank him for his personal photographs and magazines. They are all an excellent addition to our archives.

John also has joined the Foundation at the Commander level.

Beginning in 1958, Palatinus started shooting and selling full-frontal nude photos thru the mail. He now lives in Palm Springs, California and may be one of the only photographers still alive from the ’50s era of physique photography.

More information on John Platinus can be found on our listing for his recent exhibition at Antebellum Gallery here.

Posted 05/13/2010
A Gathering of Friends Fritz Lohman
Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman

To Our Friends–

On Sunday, June 6, 2010 from 2 to 4 PM, there will be a gathering at the Leslie/Lohman Gallery, 26 Wooster Street, New York, NY, to celebrate Fritz Lohman’s life.

Join us if you can.

— Charles W. Leslie

As per Fritz Lohman's wishes, there will be no funeral. More information below.

The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation and Gallery Website

Posted 05/13/2010
Emerging Erotic Artist Contest Winners Announced ToFF
2009 Grand Prize Winner
Kevin Francis
and His Award Winning Work
Photo: JayPG

Judging for Tom of Finland Foundation’s 8th Emerging Erotic Artist Contest (EEAC) is completed, and the Foundation derives great pleasure in presenting all the submissions, including the winning pieces, online for the public and press.

This year’s competition produced the usual range of fresh and challenging work from an international roster of contestants from the UK, Italy, France, Mexico, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S.

The entries showcase the continued vibrancy and creativity extant in erotic art, and artists thrive when they are supported in their development and when an international audience of peers, curators, and collectors see their work.

The past has proven that a good percentage of the winners have gone on to become recognized in their field. Past Contest winners include Hector Silva, Marc DeBauch, Patrick Lee, Darrell Boy Smith, Dragan and Jay Jorgenson.

This year’s Contest also generated an artistic controversy that we may rightly christen with that popular phrase “a teachable moment.” Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery, or of thievery, one may ask? When does homage cross the line into copyright violation?

The EEAC panel of judges deliberated this question carefully in light of Crack Takes Over Your Life, a painting by James Cooper, who based his work on an existing digital photograph by Joe Oppedisano.

Comments by the two artists involved, as well as the judges for the Contest, debate the question in the link that follows. Ultimately the work was allowed to stand as an illustration of the ongoing debate.

The winning works of art will be exhibited at the Foundation’s Annual West Hollywood — Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend, March 27-28, 2010 in West Hollywood Park. Many of the Contest entries are offered for sale; interested parties are invited to contact ToFF’s office for availability and details.

The Foundation also wishes to thank its distinguished and diverse panel of judges: Kat Coric, Montreal; Dr. Laura Henkel, Las Vegas; Jay Jorgensen, Los Angeles; Marco Livingstone, London and Michael Taubenheim, Berlin. Their insight and erudition always enriches the dialogue that art creates. The judges biographies are available here.

View the Contest!

Posted 02/13/2010
Patron in Passing Fritz Lohman
Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman

Fritz Lohman and Charles Leslie cofounded the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, a unique non-profit arts cultural institution established in 1990 to be a safe haven for that art which is often excluded from main stream exhibitions and textbooks and looked upon as taboo or less than important or embracing by historians and critics.

"After 48 wonderful years together, Fritz — the love of my life — died at home on December 31st. He has been cremated. As per his wishes there will be no funeral.

"Later on, in the spring, there will be a party to celebrate Fritz’s marvelous life.

"In lieu of other remembrances, I ask that expressions of sympathy be sent to the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (LLGAF) referencing the new FRITZ LOHMAN MUSEUM FUND. As the co-founder of The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation and Gallery, Fritz’s name will now grace a new fund dedicated to our next significant growth phase-the establishment of the Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art."

— Charles W. Leslie

Checks (payable to LLGAF) may be sent to:
    
LLGAF
     Attn: Fritz Lohman Museum Fund
     26 Wooster Street
     New York, NY 10013

The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation and Gallery Website

Posted 01/15/2010
German Architect Visits TOM House Claus Nieländer
Memorial to Homosexuals

Claus Nieländer was the architect that realized the design of artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset for the Memorial to Homosexuals persecuted under Nazism in Berlin. The Memorial opened on May 27, 2008 and Nieländer told us that it has been the target of violent valdalism.

Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset are the curatorial team that created the installation
The Collectors at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Claus and his friend Arnd Muehle found ToFF on the ‘net and enjoyed seeing Tom’s reference binders and looking at the pictures of The Collectors that Elmgreen and Dragset had just sent to Foundation HQ.

They each have TOM titles in their own collections and were impressed with the XXL book.

Posted 01/15/2010
Foundation in Print Artillery Magazine
TOM House
Living Room
Photo:
Henning von Berg

Tucker Neel dropped by last December, interested in writing a piece on Tom and the House. He is Queer and has great ideas about art and power.

"Your entire world changes once you’ve seen Tom of Finland’s work. His images reverberate in your mind when you see Navy recruitment ads, wrestlers, policemen and beefcakes in the gym. Born Touko Laaksonen in 1920, his meticulously rendered drawings of self-assured muscular men engaging in mutually orgasmic guilt-free sex play, have appeared in galleries, bathhouse hallways, on coffee tables and under mattresses. Knee-length engorged penises and rotund buttocks adorn every one of Tom’s men, complete with sultry expressions and five o-clock shadows."

Artillery is a fresh, smart magazine that captures the verve and vitality of the contemporary art world. We tend toward the provocative, with readable articles, skipping the academic art jargon that usually leaves readers snoring. Our reviews are critiques, not descriptions. Our profiles are indepth, not fluff. Our art dish captures the who’s who of openings. Artillery knows the buzz that’s happening in the galleries and studios. We stick by our guns with "killer text on art."

Pick up the January / February 2010 issue of Artillery.

Read the full article on Tucker Neel's Blog.

Posted 01/15/2010
Our Librarian Receives ARLIS/ NA Award Allison Schulte

The Foundation is very pleased to announce that our Library Director & International Liaison, Allison Schulte, is the recipient of The Art Libraries Society of North America's ARLIS/ NA Internship Award. In addition to a $2,500 stipend, Ms. Schulte will receive a one-year complimentary membership in ARLIS/NA.

"I could not have done this without Tom and all of you.... This award is applied to by all kinds of librarians and curators with focuses that range from architecture to Renaissance. For the first time, it is being granted in the name of 'erotic art'."

Read more about it here.

Posted 12/24/2009
Foundation Nominated For WeHo Award ToFF

The Board of Governers for The WeHo Awards has announced the nomination of the Tom of Finland Foundation under the category Community Organization. Other nominees include: Bienestar Human Services, Equality California, Human Rights Campaign, Imperial Court System, Love Honor Cherish, NOH8 Campaign, Project AIDS & Cancer, Project Angel Food, The Gay & Lesbian Taskforce, and Trevor Project.

In the Visual Artist category nominees are: Clark Fairfield, David Alexander, Jeremy Vargus, Lanny Lee Leyda, Marky Make Up Andrews, Miguel Angel Reyes, Mike Derry, Pam Holland, Robert Corrado, and Ron Woodward. Under Digital Artist: Adam Lyons, Anday Lotfus, Brian Sugden, Chad Serrano, Clark Fairfield, Cosmosis Graphics, Dustin Woehrmann, Evenstar Communications, Garrett Clum, and Viktor Pelayo.

Winners will be announced Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at the 9th Annual WeHo Awards Gala.

WeHo Awards Website.

Posted 12/24/2009
Artist in Passing Gary Robinson

Gary Robinson passed away on the morning of November 21st, 2009. "He was a very good friend — and was becoming a better one."

Many people associate Gary with Tom of Finland through the Tom of Finland Clothing line. After an exhaustive study of Tom's art, designers Gary Robinson and David Johnson produced a collection that brought the artist's vision to three-dimensional life. The line was embraced by fashion editors, featured in music videos, and covered prominently on both fashion television and the E-Channel...

More on Gary.

Posted 12/24/2009
New ToFF Honorary Board Member Andrew J. Epstein

Today, the Tom of Finland Foundation’s Board of Directors named a new Honorary Board Member, Andrew “AJ” Epstein.

Epstein, a photographer, magazine art director and artist from Los Angeles, has been photographing queer culture across the country since 1969. His documentation of the people and events that have contributed to LGBT culture in the U.S. has been widely praised since he began snapping images of Chicago’s first pride parade in the early 1970s. The images which document novelists or artists, actors, photographers, tattoo artists, and ordinary citizens offers an in-depth examination of how queer culture has evolved over the last 40 years.

Visit AJ's MySpace page.

Posted 12/01/2009
Foundation in the News Our President, Durk Dehner

In a Frontiers INLA article by Ken Knox, Tom of Finland Foundation co-founder Durk Dehner reflects on his dream job and the vast influence that Tom of Finland has had on gay culture.

Exerpt: "Dehner has made it his mission to keep the Foundation going, and urges members of the gay community to get involved. 'The Foundation has a tough time of it as it’s very difficult to get large-scale funding for us because of the nature of the arts organization that we are,' he explains. 'Sexual expression is still not an easy sell to boards that donate to cultural organizations, so the solution has to come from within the community that the Foundation serves. If we don’t get it together and care for our own cultural treasures, who else do you think will?' "

Frontiers INLA Magazine

Posted 08/26/2009
Artist on Video Tom of Finland

Leather Archives & Museum and Kris Studios
present Tom's Men: One, a video in honor of Tom of Finland Foundation's 25th Anniversary

Look for the video link under "The Latest News from the Leather Archives & Museum".

Leather Archives & Museum

Posted 08/26/2009
New Advisory Board Member Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland Foundation's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Pete Karjalainen to the Foundation's Advisory Board. He joins Cathie Bagwell, Gary Feldgemaker and Cliff Benjamin.

Posted 08/08/2009
Artist on Video Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland's iconic artwork continues to find its way into contemporary culture. EuroPride 09's promotional video, created by the House of Curves, includes a brief glimpse of one of Tom's drawings.

This clever spot is a taste of things to come. The House of Curves is also doing preliminary work on bringing Tom's characters to life through the art of animation — something that Tom always wanted to see.

View the clip here on YouTube.
The House of Curves blog.
EuroPride 09's website. EuroPride 09 runs May 2 - June 7, 2009.

Posted 06/03/2009
Artist in Print Tom of Finland

Coming in March 2009: Tom of Finland XXL published by Taschen.

With dimensions of 11.4 x 15.9 inches (29 by 40.5cm) and 666 pages, Tom of Finland XXL contains over 1,000 images, covering 6 decades of the artist's career. The work was gathered from all known collections across the US and Europe with the help of the Tom of Finland Foundation and features many drawings, paintings and preparatory sketches that have never been reproduced in any book. Other images have only been seen out of context and will be presented here in the sequential order Tom intended for full artistic appreciation and erotic impact.

This elegant oversized volume will showcase the full range of Tom's talent, from sensitive portraits to frank sexual pleasure to tender expressions of love to Tom's haunting tributes to young men struck down by the AIDS epidemic.

Completing this collector's edition are eight specially-commissioned essays on Tom's social and personal impact by Camille Paglia, John Waters, Armistead Maupin, Todd Oldham, and others, plus a scholarly analysis of individual drawings by art historian Edward Lucie-Smith. For the man — or woman — who thinks bigger is better, Tom of Finland XXL is certain to satisfy.

Learn more about Tom of Finland XXL here.

Updated 07/30/2010 — Posted 02/06/2009
Erotic Art Competition Erotic Signature
Lathered Up
by Michael Breyette

Erotic Signature announces its 2008-09 International Search for the World’s best erotic artworks. This marks the third year that Erotic Signature has launched what has now become one of the world’s largest and highest prized competitions for erotic art. Dedicated to both artists and art enthusiasts alike, Erotic Signature has put together a distinguished panel of judges consisting of museum curators, academics, collectors, editors and established masters in the field of erotic art to narrow down all submitted entries to a mere 200 winners.

Deadline: The Deadline for all entries is set for February 15th, 2009.

Categories: Submissions will be accepted in: Fine art, Digital art, Photography, Sculpture, and Mixed Media.

Subject Matter: We have set very few parameters in this area, we want to encourage art expressing every sexuality and subject matter, as well as alternative lifestyles; however all work must not move outside of the boundaries of consenting sexuality.

Eligibility: This international erotic art competition is open to all erotic artists and photographers from every country. Whether you are already established as an artist, on the way up or a complete unknown, we wish to embrace and showcase your talents to the world.

Over $15,000 in Cash Prizes. Plus: this competition awards opportunities for artists to present their work to an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and others who appreciate erotic fine arts and photography. Your winning artwork featured in a six-month exhibition tour in five major cities; starting Mid-June 2009 (Schedule and Location to be confirmed).

All of the participating winning artworks (200 book winners and the (6) prize winners) will be published in World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today - Vol. 3. You can see a preview of last year's book at: http://eroticsignature.com/jcms/index.php/Volume-2.html. More information on their website.

Erotic Signature Website.

Posted 02/06/2009
A Special Message From ToFF Tom of Finland Foundation

This season we have sent out a very special card. Please look for it in your mailbox, or if you are not on our mailing list — or would like to share it with a friend — we're offering it here in PDF form. Just click on the image to the right.

Join us in serving the cultural needs of the communities of the world. Please sign up or renew your membership today. Consider moving up to a higher membership level or adding an additional contribution. Together, we can all be guardians and ambassadors of the erotic arts and the thousands of artists that create it. Tom’s legacy is our legacy.

Sign up or renew your membership today!
Posted 12/17/2008

Artist In Passing Bettie Page

Bettie Page, the legendary 1950s pin-up queen with the killer curves and coal-black bangs, died December 11, 2008 of pneumonia at a Los Angeles area hospital. She was 85 years old.

Her popularity as an underground, guilty pleasures phenomenon has continued to soar despite the fact that the reclusive Page disappeared almost a half century ago. As the model who many have argued raised cheesecake to an art, Page combined exuberant, wide-eyed innocence with confident, sometimes aggressive sexuality.

In posing for photos (some by acclaimed fashion photographer Bunny Yeager), many who were witnesses recall that Page seemed to command these sessions the way a movie director would. Without intending to (and without realizing it either), because of her ingenuity and dominant personality, Page was effectively the creative force controlling much of her own work.

"I was never the girl next door." — Bettie Page

Visit the Bettie Page Website.
Posted 12/16/2008

Call For Artists Leslie/Lohman Foundation

The Leslie/Lohman Foundation has an open call for artists for their exhibition Imaginary Portraits: Gay Lovers in History.

The call is open to all LGBTQ artists for the exhibition scheduled for November - December 2008. Actual dates of the event are to be determined. Deadline for entries is October 7, 2008.

See the Leslie/Lohman exhibition Webpage for more information.
Posted 08/09/2008

Artist In Passing Larry Townsend

Larry Townsend [October 27, 1930 - July 29, 2008] was the pseudonymous author of dozens of books including Run Little Leather Boy (1970) and The Leatherman’s Handbook (1972) at pioneer erotic presses such as Greenleaf Classics and the Other Traveler imprint of Olympia Press.

He began his pioneering activism in the politics of gay liberation in the early 1960s. In 1972, as president of the Homophile Effort for Legal Protection which had been founded in 1969 to defend gays during and after arrests, he led a group in founding the H.E.L.P. Newsletter, the forebear of Drummer (1975). As a writer and photographer, he was an essential eyewitness of the drama and salon around Drummer in which his novels were often excerpted. His signature "Leather Notebook" column appeared in Drummer for twelve years beginning in 1980, and continued in Honcho to 2008. His last novel, Time Masters, was published April 2008; his last writing was an introduction to Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer (June 2008).

Fred, Larry’s long-time companion of 44 years, passed away on July 8, 2006, which interrupted this prolific writer’s output for most of the year.

People who knew Mr. Townsend are invited to contribute to the Larry Townsend Memorial Anthology a people's memorial to a legend, to be published in Spring 2009. Publisher Mark Hemry is accepting diverse opinions in personal and journalistic essays about Larry Townsend and much more. The deadline is December 1, 2008. See the Palm Drive website for more information on this project.

Larry Townsend Publications Website for bio and publications.
Palm Drive Publishing Website for anthology contribution information.
Posted 08/06/2008

Artist In Passing Greasetank

The artist Greasetank, known to his friends as Ron, died of a heart attack on August 1, 2008 at age 59. He had previously suffered a heart attack last January.

This Texan helped popularize computer generated artwork with many works that were often called politically incorrect — containing brutality, sadism and sexually. "Personally, I would recoil in horror were any of the material on my site to take place in real life, but please allow me the freedom to create my art."

His works have been exhibited at Riga, Rotterdam, and Los Angeles, and he has been published in periodicals such as Blue, Squeeze, and G-Men.

Greasetank's article On Censorship on the Foundation's Website.
Additional information and images appear on the Queer-Arts.org Website.

Posted 08/08/2008
Downloadable Comic Fandy
Artwork by Fandy

Decadent Wasteland, Book 1, is a a sci-fi sex adventure in 59 multi-paneled pages. Garon and his girlfriend Anna are captured by their enemies and put through tortures and humiliations on a live broadcast. If they don't give up the Rebel base, they will suffer, but if they do their world may be doomed...

This is Fandy's first 3D comic. "I have struggled with it, and fought to get across the scenes and story I always wanted to read in sci-fi sex stories. Hope you enjoy it!"

The panels are available for purchase by download on Renderotica. Fandy also invites you to view numerous free images in his Fandy2 gallery on Renderotica, as well as your comments.

Renerotica's Decadent Wasteland page.

Posted 12/28/2007
Artist in Print Henning von Berg

Henning von Berg's long overdue retrospective is distinctive, provocative, fascinating! Henning von Berg: Alpha Males will be released in Europe in October 2007 with a worldwide release in December by publisher Bruno Gmünder. This hardcover book will contain 160 pages in a full-color and duotone, at 8.25 x 11.25 inches.

Henning von Berg first made a name for himself with his photo shoot in Berlin's parliament Reichstag — in 1999 he photographed six naked men, later known as the "Reichstag Rascals", and created an international sensation, catapulting von Berg into the international limelight. He's maintained his penchant for architectural backdrops and bizarre, erotic group scenes to this day, both things that make his images so distinctive. He prefers to work with natural lighting and in unusual settings.

In the meantime his work has been included in over four hundred publications, been represented in countless numbers of international exhibits in museums and galleries. A former engineer, Henning von Berg is a true shooting star in the world of photography. His previous release Universal was a co-production with Kingdome 19.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com here.

Henning von Berg website.
Alpha Males Website

Posted 09/16/2007
Life Drawing Workshops Self Help Graphics & Art

Los Angeles Life Drawing Classes with Miguel Angel Reyes on Wednesdays, from 7 PM to 9 PM. This 10-week 2007 Summer Session runs July 18 - September 19. (No nudes)

This course builds upon anatomy and drawing skills for all levels. The emphasis of this course will be to expand the basic figure through the use of traditional drawing techniques. Students will learn the technical skills needed to create dramatic value and staged composition through the use of live model, draping of fabric (costumes) and a variety of drawing materials. Poses in these sessions will be long and short. Instructor will recommend reading material on art theory, discuss art materials as they relate to creating a professional product and give individual guidance and art critique.

Miguel Angel Reyes is a Los Angeles-based portrait and figurative painter, muralist, printmaker and illustrator who, incorporates expressionist brushwork and classical tradition in his portrayals. He graduated from Otis Art Institute/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles with a BFA in illustration. Course Price: $150 for 10 week series ($15/class) paid advance registration required $20 per class at the door.

Self Help Graphics & Art, 3802 Cesar E. Chavez, Los Angeles, CA 90063. Contact at 323.881.6444 or at info@selfhelpgraphics.com.

Self Help Graphics & Art website.

Posted 8/10/2007
Foundation in Print Tom of Finland Foundation

The July / August issue of 2 Magazine contains an informative article, Tom X2, by Sean Carnage.

The Los Angeles – based Tom of Finland Foundation releases never-before-seen images of male couples by the artist. Foundation president — and Tom’s closest confidant — Durk Dehner reveals the story behind these startling visions.

"It looks like any other modestly impressive home on the block — with the possible exception of the stockade and iron cage on the lawn..."

2 Magazine website.

Posted 8/10/2007
Artist in Print Jack Slomovits

A new 130 page book of black and white photographs by Jack Slomovits titled Sex in the West Village, NYC has been released in Europe and is scheduled for a USA release in July 2007 by the publisher Bruno Gmunder. It should be available at most book stores.

"Seldom has a photographer created such an authentic work as Jack Slomovits has in this book. From the middle of the sexual action the artist captures us from the first photos onward.

"Slomovits' semi-documentary style leaves little to the imagination; high-contrast detailed photos are interspersed with portraits in a snapshot aesthetic. His protagonists are the lads of the West Village in New York, lads of impressive naivety and tantalizing innocence. A fast book from a fast city. Sexy!"

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com here.

Jack Slomovits website.

Posted 6/18/2007
QX Magazine Celebrates Tom Tom of Finland

QX Magazine celebrates 50 Years of Tom with six layouts. Haydon Bridge examines Tom's influence over the years, QX interviews Durk Dehner — the Foundation's co-founder, photographer Magnus Hastings recreates some of Tom's most popular drawings, and more.

QX Magazine website. Look for Issue #638.

Posted 05/26/2007
Voted "Best Gallery" Of The Year Tom of Finland Foundation

Frontiers Magazine asked. The people voted. Iin a very close call (just four votes!), the Foundation was voted Best Gallery in their People's Choice awards! A big "thanks" to everyone who voted for us.

Check out the latest copy of Frontiers, or view the article on the Frontiers website.

Posted 04/16/2007
No New York Erotic Art Fair Weekend This Year Tom of Finland Foundation

Our Art Fair in New York City will not be held this year. As a Los Angeles, California based organization the spiraling costs of transportation for staff and materials, lodging, and other expenses has currently made it impossible for us to subsidize the Fair. We hope to be back next year.

We will be hosting the Los Angles Erotic Art Fair Weekend this year and should have preliminary details very soon.

Posted 04/16/2007
Artist In Print Michael Breyette

Michael Breyette is excited to announce the release of his first book, Summer Moved On. This debut collection of Michael’s work is being published by Bruno Gmünder. The 8” x 11” hardcover book will be released in Europe in February 2007 then in the US and elsewhere in April. Fans of Michael’s work can reserve a limited autographed copy along with a $10 Gift Card, by pre-ordering from his online studio.

Breyette’s images range from jocks to cowboys, from erotic to romantic, all dominated by beautiful men captured in sexy moments. The guys are full of confidence, bathed in sensuous relaxing warmth like that of the late summer’s heat.

In addition to book covers and magazine features, Michael’s images appear in the recently released book Stripped and the forthcoming collection, The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today.

Michael Breyette website.

Posted 02/10/2007
Two $5,000 Grants The Ultimate Eye

The Ultimate Eye Foundation announces the following grants:

One $5,000.00 grant for creative digital photography. One $5,000.00 grant for photographic figurative work.

The digital photography grant is for creativity using digital output in photography. The images can be realistic or fanciful, the manipulation can be subtle or extreme, but both a camera and a computer must be used in image creation. The photographic figurative grant is for the celebration of the human figure using any photographic media.

Restrictions: You must be over eighteen years of age and not a full-time student at any college or university. Entries must be received by January 20, 2007. Decisions will be made before February 24, 2007.
Website

Posted 12/02/2006
Artist in Print Hank Eddleman

Hank Eddleman is pleased to announce the sale of his photographs in the 2007 Provocateur Voyeur calendar. It is available in many stores around the world and directly from 10Percent Products.

Photographer Hank Eddleman offers a voyeuristic excursion in this collection of sexy images featuring beautiful men in their personal spaces. Each month feels as if you're taking a peek into their private lives. Calendar opens up to 12" x 24" and the images are great for framing.

Hank Eddleman Website

Posted 10/13/2006
Artist in Print JD Dragan

JD Dragan is pleased to announce the sale of his photographs in the 2007 Provocateur Black calendar. It is available in many stores around the world and directly from 10Percent Products.

JD will be signing his new 2007 Black calendar at Giovanni’s Room in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, October 06, 2006 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Please stop by this Philadelphia landmark to meet the photographer and several of his models.

Collectors of JD's work will especially enjoy this compilation.

JD Dragan Website

Posted 08/29/2006
Artist In Passing John Blackburn

On April, 7th, 2006, we lost an icon and part of our history. John Blackburn passed away at 8.35pm, due to complications from treatment for colon cancer. He was 67.

"John definitely had a Zen philosophy", says his life partner Jimmy, "He was very kind and carried a nonjudgmental approach to everyone and everything. He believed that all of this world was of equal value. He didn't place people above other living creatures."

Read more about John and sample his artwork here.

An evening of Mr. Blackburn's artwork will be presented by Antebellum Gallery on July 17, 2006.

A big thanks to Rick Castro for these materials.
Posted 06/13/2006

Newsletter Released Visual AIDS

The Visual AIDS Art + Newsletter covering Spring 2006 News and Events is now on-line.

Of particular note is page 3, which contains artists opportunities, grants and resources.

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS strives to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts. The Frank Moore Archive Project documents the work of artists with HIV/AIDS to ensure that their artistic legacy will be preserved, thereby safeguarding their place within art history. The Archive Project also facilitates the creation and presentation of new work and provides practical services to artists with HIV/AIDS, assisting in their pursuit of a professional career.

Visual AIDS Newsletter Website

Posted 06/02/2006
Art Heist in Palm Springs, CA William "Taurus" Webster

In a daring daylight raid, thieves got away with a major piece of art from The Barracks Bar in Palm Springs on Friday, December 2. The piece of erotic art, interpreted by local artist William "Taurus" Webster from an original by Stephan, was secured by screws to the outside wall of the bar inside a locked patio area. The thieves removed part of the patio's wooden fencing to gain access to the area. The crime happened between 8:30 AM when the bar's cleaning man finished his work and 1 PM when the day barman arrived.

Cathedral City Police Department is investigating the case. Anyone with information should contact Officer Wallace referencing case number 0512-0265.

The piece of art is on wood and stands eight feet tall and is four feet wide. It is valued at $2,000 and is one of only two in existence. The other, which hung for many years in San Francisco's former leather bar the Loading Dock, is now in a private collection. Webster's reproductions of famous erotic artists' work are quite prized among collectors. The Barracks, the Faultline in Los Angeles and The Edge in San Francisco are just three of the California bars that feature Webster's art, particularly his interpretations of the master, Tom of Finland. The Tom of Finland Foundation is assisting the investigation by spreading the word to its members and supporters to be on the lookout for the missing art. (Click on the above image for a full visualization.

One of the three co-owners of The Barracks, John Rentsch, said it appeared the thieves may have left abruptly when they heard the day barman arriving. "They left behind the screw driver they used to remove the piece from the wall. This is now in the hands of the Cathedral City police and they are testing for finger prints," he said. "The thieves obviously made it a priority to get the piece of art. There were many other objects -- heaters, fans, a gas grill, etc -- on the patio that could have been removed more easily and sold much more easily. Instead they took a very unique and very traceable piece of art. This will be very hard to sell. It is not something that anyone can claim 'fell off the back of a truck.' We will not rest until the art is back in its rightful place on public display in the bar."

"We appeal for the community's assistance with our search," Rentsch added. The Barracks can be reached by telephone on 760.321.9688 and by e-mail at:
John@TheBarracksBar.com.

Posted 12/06/2005
Poster Sale To Benefit New Orleans Roscoe

Roscoe has created the first in a series of posters for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to the relief fund Relief 2 Louisiana. This fund was set up by WBRZ, an ABC affiliate serving Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and The Advocate. The fund was established for two purposes: to aid displaced residents and to rebuild New Orleans. Click on the image to the right to view the full image.

The poster is 12" x 24" and can be purchased at:
http://www.timmy4u.com/RoscoeRelief/
Posted 12/06/2005
Artist In Need Hunter Reynolds

The following message is from Tasha Reynolds-Sullivan, Hunter’s sister:

“I need your help and prayers right now for my brother Hunter. He's lived with HIV for 21 years, and now, it has claimed his right hand is paralyzed. His benefits have run out and he is sick. He is an amazing artist and writer, and this is devastating him. Please send him your positive thoughts and prayers and if you can help in anyway, our family will be forever grateful.”

What Hunter needs right now is love, financial support, hopes & prayers.

If you would like to send a card, present or another form of donation to Hunter, please e-mail info@matadorblossom.com and his address will be forwarded to you. He needs his friends now more than ever.

Hunter Reynolds' sister has put up a web page for the Hunter Reynolds Fund. Please help if you can. He needs help now.
http://www.matadorblossom.com/hunterreynolds.htm

Additional information is on the VisualAIDS website at:
http://newsgrist.typepad.com/visualaids/2005/11/artist_and_acti.html

Posted 11/26/2005
GLADD: Success Declared by Organizers New York, NY
Left to right: Auction Co-Chair Russ Alley, HRH Princess Paul of Romania, artist PS Gordon of Tulsa and New York, artist Kat Coric of Montreal.

Photo by Jeff Eason, courtesy of HX Magazine New York, NY

The fourth annual GLAAD OUTAuction benefiting The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was held in New York City on Sunday, November 6, 2005. Over 500 guests viewed 125 works of art on display from an array of international artists.

The auction was projected to raise $90,000, but to the delight of all; $130,000 was attained ­ funds which will go to support GLAAD¹s programs. A Herb Ritts image Paul, Torso donated by The Herb Ritts Foundation was valued at $10,000 and went for $30,000. A signature Tubes painting by Montreal's Kat Coric was one of the four featured pieces in the live auction along with The Herb Ritts image, and went to the high bid from entertainment attorney Michael Lanzillotta from MTV/VH1.

In attendance were; Auction Co-Chairs; Russ Alley and Enrique Limon, Famed New York surgeon Dr. Alan Fard (bought Herb Ritts piece), renowned artists PS Gordon and Charles Hinman, Brian English, representing The Herb Ritts Foundation, Edward Mapplethorpe (brother of Robert), CBS Network 48 Hours reporter Troy Roberts, gallery owners Asher Remy Toledo and Barbara Ann Levy, filmmaker Joe Lovett, artist Johanne Corno (originally from Montreal), Montreal artist Kat Coric, V.P., MTV Networks Business and Legal Affairs Michael Lanzillotta (who bought Kat's artwork), and artist Robert Risko.

Posted 11/16/2005
Artist in the News Axel
The artist, Axel.
Courtesy Axel.

Jimmy Palmieri, writing for WeHoNews.com, interviewed Axel, the artist in an article entitled: Time Out: For An Artist, Saint & Sinner.

"Axel, one of the most important local up and coming erotic artists, is a lesson is dichotomies. He is both man and boy, artist and subject, angel and sinner.

"He is also funny. Funny to the point that I chuckled to myself long after we had concluded our interview."

The full article is available on wehonews.com.

Posted 11/16/2005
Artist In Passing L. A. Willette

It is with deep regret that Art @ Large informs us of the passing of one of our own.

L. A. Willette died Sunday morning, November 13th at Beth Israel Hospital due to complications from cancer. He was 55.

He was a great artist who showed with them on several occasions, most notably his exhibition, "The Power of Women" in May 2004.

A memorial service is being planned, and anyone wishing more information on
this incredible New York artist, feel free to respond.

Also, please visit this link for a brief remembrance by Pet Silvia and
Tammey Stubbs of Art @ Large, and to see some of L. A. Willette's work.

Art @ Large Website
Posted 11/16/2005

Digging for Tom's Artwork Tom of Finland Foundation

The Tom of Finland Foundation and Taschen are working together on The Complete Tom of Finland, a massive book (11 1/2 x 17 1/4 Inches) that we hope to be... well... complete!

But much of Tom's work -- especially his early work -- has been lost. Tom would often give away artwork to promote bike clubs and events. Early sales of his artwork were rarely photographed, or were photographed poorly. (Tom never claimed to be much of a photographer!)

If you have any original art or reproductions by this fine artist, even if it's just something you think might be a Tom of Finland, please contact us. We will arrange to have your art professionally reproduced so it can be a part of this landmark project. This is your chance to be part of this stunning tribute to everyone's favorite dirty drawer, and to help us prove once and for all that fine art and great masturbation material can, and should be, one and the same.

Learn more about this project, plus see a video with Foundation Director Durk Dehner giving a tour of the Foundation House on the Taschen Website.

[Note: to view the video you may have to adjust your browser and/or firewall settings.]
Posted 11/16/2005

Awards Presented Tom of Finland Foundation

The Tom of Finland Foundation has announced the recipients of its three major annual awards. The awards, acrylic sculptures designed by artist Philip Hitchcock, were presented at the Foundation’s annual Awards Banquet as part of its 11th Annual West Hollywood - Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Edward Lucie-Smith of London. An art critic, historian, poet, and photographer, Mr. Lucie-Smith is widely regarded as the world’s most prolific and most widely-published writer on art, with more than sixty books on art to his credit. Several of his works, including Movements in Art since 1945, Visual Arts of the 20th Century, and A Dictionary of Art Terms, and Art Today are used as standard texts throughout the world. Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Hugh Hefner, Larry Flynt, Benedikt Taschen, Durk Dehner, and Charles Leslie and Frederic Lohman.

The Foundation will bestow the Cultural Icon Award on artist and activist Ivy Bottini of West Hollywood. Ms Bottini was a founder of the first chapter of the National Organization for Women, and designed its national logo in 1969. She has been a graphic artist, a performer, and a longtime community activist, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board. The Cultural Icon Award is presented to an individual whose career achievements and personal qualities combine to make him or her a role model. Previous recipients include heavy metal rocker Rob Halford; author and filmmaker Clive Barker; and social critic Camille Paglia.

The 2005 inductees into the Erotic Artist Hall of Fame are Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard of Paris, who work professionally under the name “Pierre et Gilles.” The pair met in 1976, and began their formal work as Pierre et Gilles in 1978. Their collaboration, which involves intricately staged and hand-retouched photographs, has led to exhibitions at Paris’s Musee d’Art Moderne and Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musee d’Art Contemporain in Montreal, and many other venues. Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include H. R. Giger, Bill Schmelling aka The Hun, Michael Kirwan, and, posthumously, Tom of Finland and Herb Ritts.

Posted 10/14/2005
Newsletter Released Visual AIDS

The Visual AIDS Art + Newsletter covering Summer 2005 News and Events is now on-line.

Of special interest to New York artists: The Center for Book Arts is pleased to continue the Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant for New York Emerging Artists program in 2006. Up to four New York-based emerging artists will be offered space, time and support to explore the production and exhibition of artist's books and related work in two-to-four month residencies.

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS strives to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts. The Frank Moore Archive Project documents the work of artists with HIV/AIDS to ensure that their artistic legacy will be preserved, thereby safeguarding their place within art history. The Archive Project also facilitates the creation and presentation of new work and provides practical services to artists with HIV/AIDS, assisting in their pursuit of a professional career.

Visual AIDS Website

Posted 08/25/2005
New Board Member Tom of Finland Foundation

The Foundation is pleased to announce that Mark Nelson has taken a seat on our Board of Directors. He brings with him great experience in NYC as a promoter and producer.

Mark also writes, edits and sends out a weekly email newsletter that goes to subscribers across the USA and many parts of the world. Currently Mark's office is working with The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force 2006 Miami Winter Party Festival and a fall New York fundraising spectacular for the Tom of Finland Foundation. Mark hopes to continue in this field for years to come and the Foundation welcomes him and his gusto!

Mark and the rest of the Board can be contacted by visiting the ToFF Directory.

Posted 08/09/2005
Visual Arts / Discussion New Orleans, LA

Now in its tenth season, ArtSpeak is a monthly series of dialogues with Louisiana artists on designated Wednesdays from 7 - 9 PM.

The September 14, 2005 session features a special edition with artists from The Culture of Queer exhibition. Panelists: Brad Dupuy, Maxx Sizeler, Tom Strider, Moderator: Jenny Kahn.

Free admission.

Visit Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans for more information.
Posted 07/14/2005

Gallery Owner Donates Tom of Finland Drawings Chicago, IL
Tom of Finland
1988
Tom of Finland
1988

Hudson, curator and owner of Feature Inc., a gallery influential in the early recognition of artist Tom of Finland, has donated two pivotal drawings by the artist to the Permanent Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Feature Inc. presented exhibitions of Tom of Finland's drawings during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Hudson recalls, “His drawing skill and subject matter were an important influence on me and many people I knew, including many artists."

The two pieces donated by Hudson represent an American period — specifically a California period — in Tom of Finland's many transitions. Black men with White men became a part of Tom's creative focus during the 1980s, the last decade of work before his death in 1991.

"Hudson's donation, and the acceptance of these works by the Art Institute of Chicago, is one more stone in the pathway of Tom of Finland's recognition by the fine art communities of the world,” said Durk Dehner, cofounder and director of the nonprofit Tom of Finland Foundation.

"I was also curious to see if AIC would accept it as a gift,” said Hudson. Then he adds, “It was a great pleasure to hear of the acceptance and to realize that this gift allows many, many people the opportunity to see these terrific drawings and be inspired, amused, aroused, and/or enraged.”

First Tom of Finland was exhibited at the Town Hall in the hamlet where he was born, then the Kiasma in Helsinki, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Portland Museum of Art and the recent donation by the Judith Rothschild Foundation to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Posted 07/01/2005
Artist In Passing Thomas Elliott Harmon

Elliott, a talented artist in the prime of his life, passed away suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Malibu, California on December 17, 2004. Born on May 27, 1947, he had just launched his new business, Village Vignettes, which was expected to be a big success.

Elliott was a Foundation member, and he received our Honorary Commander Award that recognized his special contributions to the Foundation.

Mr. Harmon is survived by his brother and sister. "We love you friend. We love you brother."

Villiage Vignettes Website
Posted 04/23/2005

"Demonic Sex" Published Sean Platter

Sean Platter is well known to the Foundation. The cover art for this publication hangs on the first floor of the Foundation headquarters as part of its Permanent Collection!

StudioSplatter, in conjunction with Triple6 Comics and Instigator Magazine, have teamed up to produce Demonic Sex - Boy its HOT in Hell! This 11 page original work by artist Sean Platter is the first episode in a new comic series published by IXAmedia. It is a beautiful creation done by one of the leading fantasy and erotica artists of the day.

Plans for the comic to be released as an on-going separate publication are already in the works. Sean Platter's story can be found in the current issue of Instigator Magazine.

StudioSplatter Website
Triple6 Comics Website
Instigator Magazine Website

Posted 03/26/2005
Call For Artists Flazh!Alley Studio — Los Angeles, CA

The South Bay’s only art gallery dedicated exclusively to serious erotic and adult-themed art is reviewing artists’ portfolios for possible exhibition.

Flazh!Alley Studio is located in the exciting, emerging arts community of San Pedro, CA. and is owned by the Art Editor for the popular GLBT on-line magazine, metroG.com, Joe Flazh!

Flazh!Alley is a deceptively spacious, 1,400 square feet, venue with 15 foot tall white walls, an elevated landing that creates a true sense of entering a stylish gallery when guests arrive; and, yes, you enter from an alley that’s adjacent to a large public parking lot.

Flazh!Alley Studio is also a space where people who have issues with adult themed work are advised not to attend, a space where the receptions are by invitation only, small, intimate and informal. Serious collectors and people of taste are always welcome.

For more information or to set up an appointment for reviewing portfolios call 310.833.3633 or flazhalley@aol.com.

Posted 03/26/2005
Artist's Work Vandalized Albert Crudo

This past weekend New York artist Albert Crudo had two of his paintings vandalized at an Upper West Side cafe, La Fenice 2012 Broadway, NYC 10023.

The painting, entitled The Nature of the Beast: Parts I, II, III has been causing quite a stir among patrons since it's installation in early December. The artwork is a monochromatic red triptych depicting three dog-men doing what dog-men do best — begging, sniffing and urinating on fire hydrants. Apparently, these common occurrences that New Yorkers see, and ignore, every day are acceptable to view on the streets of the city but not so while sipping a latte.

The exhibition at La Fenice has been up for several months and according to the owner Marco Mastrangelo, a few customers have been shocked by the work, but he never received any indication that anyone was so offended as to harm the work in any way. And he stands by his decision to keep the work hanging- "This is a private establishment. I love Crudo's work. And if you don't approve there are many other places for you to go."

Mr. Crudo and Mr. Mastrangelo are jointly offering a $1,000 reward for any tip leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal. The police are currently investigating the crime. Please contact Detective Jose Rodriguez with any information at: 20th Precinct, 120 W 82nd Street, NY, NY 10024. Phone: 212.580.6414, Fax:212.579.1741.

To view The Nature of the Beast visit the "Forces of Nature" gallery on the artist's website.

Albert Crudo Website

Image The Nature of the Beast III by Albert Crudo, 1999
Posted 03/11/2005
Image of the Year 2005 Tom of Finland Foundation

The Tom of Finland Foundation has selected this piece of art by their namesake artist, TOM OF FINLAND, as the image to represent the Foundation in print during the 2005 calendar year. It will be shown at the New York City and Los Angeles Erotic Art Weekends and is being auctioned off to the highest bidder!

Learn more about this piece of art here.
 
Posted 03/02/2005

New Acquisitions & Gifts Paul Tankersley — "Tank"

In the seventies in the middle of Texas there was "born" a artist of realism who would bare the name, TANK. Paul Tankersley's one aim, by all apparent presentations of his work, seemed to want to pay homage to the American cowboy. His work always had a sense that each man stood alone. TANK had a direct eye for realism, with fine small pencil strokes not unlike Tom of Finland's style. He tended to use graphite and color pencil, with the occasionally dance with oils. He was very fond of of the works he created so it was rare that he would part with an original. Instead, he produced very high quality photo prints that he offered through the mail and at gay rodeos.

Well the day came this past year when we were called and informed that the time had come. To let go of them and for them to be put into the hands of a institution that would care, exhibit and keep the publics awareness of Tanks legacy alive once again.

The Foundation is the fortunate recipient of over 24 TANK originals along with a major selection of photo prints that the artist used to offer to the public. We are proud to be the institution that will care for, exhibit and keep the public's awareness of Tanks legacy alive once again. The Foundation is now committed, through the generosity of TANK's partner, Stephen Worley, to make sure the public doesn't forget this wonderful artist.

The Foundation has plans to set up a exhibition of TANK's works that will travel to different facilities honoring the beauty of the male species and the truly intoxicating effect he would produce with the men his heart throbbed for.

Image Bunkhouse by TANK, Sept. 1996
Posted 02/25/2005
Newsletter Released Visual AIDS

The Visual AIDS Art + Newsletter covering Fall 2004 and Winter 2005 News and Events is now on-line. See what Visual AIDS is up to, check out their new AIDS Awareness flyers, get details about their upcoming Benefit at Pavel Zoubok, check out Archive Member Artist news, exhibitions and opportunities. Artists may be interested in a number of grants listed.

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS strives to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts. The Frank Moore Archive Project documents the work of artists with HIV/AIDS to ensure that their artistic legacy will be preserved, thereby safeguarding their place within art history. The Archive Project also facilitates the creation and presentation of new work and provides practical services to artists with HIV/AIDS, assisting in their pursuit of a professional career.

Visual AIDS Website

Posted 02/23/2005
Mortgage Flambé Leather Archives & Museum

With a fiery flash and a puff of smoke culminating seven years of intense fundraising, the Leather Archives & Museum loudly took ownership of their permanent home on Sunday, February 20. A capacity crowd filling the Etienne Auditorium watched as LA&M President and Founder Chuck Renslow set afire the paid-off mortgage (actually, a reasonable facsimile).

The toasting began earlier at a reception and cocktail party with a light buffet served by titleholders from around the country. A brief program included remarks by several dignitaries and board members, a remembrance for past contributors who did not live to see the historic milestone. Activist Roger Klorese received the first-ever President’s Award for his support of the Archives.

Director Randall “Bear Man” Klett made an impassioned blessing of the building as “a sacred space.” Klett and the LeatherWerks of Fort Lauderdale, Florida underwrote the afternoon festivities. A popular feature for visitors was the recently completed Teri Rose Memorial Library.

The LA&M retired their mortgage in August of 2004 after a seven-year capital campaign raised $400,000 from community donations to purchase and improve a 10,000 square foot building at 6418 N. Greenview Avenue on the north side of Chicago. Originally incorporated in 1991 as the National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the Leather Archives & Museum evolved in 1994 to compile, preserve and maintain the history, archives and memorabilia of leather and related lifestyles for historical, educational and research purposes. Information on the organization, membership and publications is available at the museum or at their website.

Leather Archives & Museum Website

Posted 02/23/2005
Call For Artists The XArt Gallery

The Annual Sensual & Erotic Art Exhibition and its sponsor, The Lifestyles Organization, proudly announce the collaboration with like-minded institutes by presenting at our space, The XART Gallery, and assisting in creating revenues.

With its multi-medium approach, the annual exhibition is a valuable resource to artists, educators and the general public. We give the public information about new trends in art and how it functions erotically. This year's exhibition will tour several venues after the successful engagement at The Erotic Museum. We believe the timing is perfect to present art that follows new directions, new mediums and would inform and inspire people to engage in an intelligent and open dialogue about sexuality, a subject that is central to human happiness.

This exhibition is a valuable resource for all artists. We wish to involve artists who are willing and responsible, while fulfilling our obligation to be as historically correct as possible, in order to lend our authority in this field to the public. It seems vital to illustrate clearly the connection between contemporary art and sex.

Artists who share these goals are invited to contact Luis & Theresa De La Cruz directly at XART@aol.com.

All commissions will be donated to the Tom of Finland Foundation.

XArt Gallery Website

Posted 02/04/2005
Seminar with Dr. Eva Cadell - Feb. 6 '05 The Erotic Museum

"How to Worship the God Goddess in You and Your Lover"

Dr. Ava Cadell leads an interactive workshop for singles and couples who want true love to last. Join Dr. Ava in this unique journey and learn exclusive heart-to-heart connective exercises that will result in many changes individually and together. This tantric lab will take your relationship to a whole new plateau.

Dr. Ava encourages her clients to be open about sex, and to live out their fantasies to keep their relationships alive. Dr. Ava's goal is simple: by helping her clients to discard the guilt and shame they were raised with, she motivates them to view lovemaking from a new a perspective. According to Dr. Ava, "Discussing sex should be as comfortable as discussing what we are going to have for dinner."

Sunday, February 6 from 1 to 3pm. $25 per individual, $40 per couple. Members receive a 10% discount. Seating is limited. To purchase in advance call 323-463-7684 x105.

The Erotic Museum  Website

Posted 02/04/2005
Artist Departed John Klamik — "Sean"

It is with sadness we write of the death at 2:34 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, of John Klamik - better known "Sean", the artist. An artist and activist, John succumbed to pneumonia at West Anaheim Medical Center in Anaheim, California following a series of strokes and a diagnosis of lung cancer, listed as the official cause of death.

John was born on July 22, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the world-famous Art Institute. He moved to California in the mid '60s, settling in West Hollywood which, next to Chicago, was his favorite city in the world.

While working as an artist and Display Director for the Akron Stores, he combined two of his loves — art and activism — as the original editorial cartoonist "Buckshot" for the old Advocate. During the next three decades, as "Shawn", he contributed cartoons to mainstream gay newspapers and magazines.

Most are familiar with his erotica as "Sean" in more specialized gay publications — including Drummer, Bound & Gagged and Red Tails. He created murals for such famous Hollywood sites as Manspace, Hollywood Spa and The Sewers of Paris, as well as for Leather bars in Los Angeles and San Francisco. John wrote and illustrated graphic novels, and illustrated many books and short stories for such writers as Larry Townsend and R.F.M. (Roger Mays).

He exhibited at the Tom of Finland Foundation art shows, and his original art is owned by collectors worldwide. Indeed, he worked until nearly the end, delivering his final illustrations the day before his first stroke.

John loved all animals, especially cats, horror movies - he created the lobby poster for the 1987 film, Berserker!, gourmet cooking, helping his fellow man and watching the sunset while enjoying a perfect Manhattan.

He is survived by Jim Newberry, his companion of 40 years; his sisters, Dorothy Fay of Chicago and Louise Doty of Wayland, Michigan; and literally thousands of close friends and fans. John is mourned by all who knew him.

If anyone would like to share any personal thoughts about his work and how it may have impacted on you, please send them to HollywoodCatLady@msn.com.

Click here for a sample of Sean's distinctive artwork. Many additional examples are available on Sean's website. Jim Newberry also invites people with any of Sean's artwork to submit it to him for posting on the site — so all can enjoy it.

The Sean the Artist Website.

Erotic Art Competition Erotic Signature
Lathered Up
by Michael Breyette

Erotic Signature announces its 2007 International search for the World’s best erotic artworks. This marks the second year that Erotic Signature has launched what has now become one of the world’s largest and highest prized competitions for erotic art. Dedicated to both artists and art enthusiasts alike, Erotic Signature has put together a distinguished panel of judges consisting of museum curators, academics, collectors, editors and established masters in the field of erotic art to narrow down all submitted entries to 200 winners.

Deadline: The Deadline for all entries is set for December 8th, 2007.

Awards and Prizes: $10,000 in cash prizes. Plus: this competition awards opportunities for artists to present their work to an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and others who appreciate erotic fine arts and photography.

Categories: Submissions will be accepted in: Fine art, Digital art, Photography and Sculpture.

Jurors: Luis de la Cruz (Chief Curator: XART Foundation); Les Barany (Designer, Curator, Archivist, and Agent of many prominent artists, principaly artist: H.R. Giger); Bettina (Curator of Inasaja - Galeria Ars Erotica); Hans van der Kamp (Photographer, On-line Curator of AMEAnet); China Hamilton (Photographer); Garry Milius (Curator - The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction); Steve Diet Goedde (Photographer); Pet Silvia (Artist, Museum Owner - Art at Large); Damien B. (Art Gallery Director); Timothy Dolph (Photographer); Leigh Heppell (Sculptor); Karynna (Digital Artist - Pornotopia.com)

You can view last year's winners on-line.

Erotic Signature website.

Posted 10/21/2007
Paris Art & Drawing Course Teacher: Sugoi

Limited to men only: Sugoi, certified teacher, gallery owner, published author, and internationally exhibited artist will lead artists through their own personal exploration of the figure, architecture and Parisian landscapes.

You may work in any media from drawing to painting and even photography. Smaller scale works are preferred as we will be walking a lot and when in a museum, you will have very limited space.

The Manstouch Website provides details for this interesting spring event.
March 26 - 31, 2005 — 6 days and 5 nights.

Artist In Print Tom of Finland

The December/January issue of Gorgeous Magazine, a Los Angeles based free publication, is running an article by Dan Berkowitz and Durk Dehner on Tom of Finland and the Foundation.

There are few artists who have altered their culture, but Tom of Finland did. He was truly a messenger for gay rights, and for gay men taking up their own destiny and place in society. He provided an honor and integrity in his drawings that encouraged gay men to be themselves. The largeness of his spirit also extended beyond gay culture, encouraging both men and women to celebrate their sexuality, without fear or shame.

Artist In Print Rick Castro

Fluxion Editions, a new limited edition publisher, presents its first monograph: 13 Years of Bondage: The Photography of Rick Castro. This collection of plates by photographer/filmmaker Rick Castro takes us on an aesthetic, cultural and social journey through a particular aspect of contemporary sexual culture.

Rick Castro is an independent filmmaker & photographer living and working in Los Angeles. Rick’s photographs and films explore the wide world of fetish and the fringes of sex culture. Castro, a monograph of his early work was published in 1990 by the Tom of Finland Foundation. Rick self-published his own successful zine, The Bondage Book, throughout the 90’s. His films Hustler White and Plushies & Furries have won critical acclaim and continue to screen to enthusiastic audiences. Rick Castro’s Photographs exhibit in galleries and institutions worldwide.

Limited edition of 3,000 copies, available at bookstores.

Rick Castro Website

Two $5,000 Grants The Ultimate Eye

The Ultimate Eye Foundation announces the following grants:

One $5,000.00 grant for creative digital photography. One $5,000.00 grant for photographic figurative work.

The digital photography grant is for creativity using digital output in photography. The images can be realistic or fanciful, the manipulation can be subtle or extreme, but both a camera and a computer must be used in image creation. The photographic figurative grant is for the celebration of the human figure using any photographic media.

Restrictions: You must be over eighteen years of age and not a full-time student at any college or university. Entries must be received by December 18, 2004. Decisions will be made before January 29, 2005.
Website

ToF Foundation Donates Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions is a dynamic venue that supports, exhibits and advocates innovations in art-making.

The Tom of Finland Foundation was pleased to participate in their 25th Annual Benefit Art Auction with a contribution of a giclée print by Tom of Finland. When the piece hit the block, the auctioneer from Sotheby's introduced it reverently as, "A Tom of Finland, and nothing more really needs to be said," and the crowd replied with a round of applause!

The Foundation is honored to be part of the art community that promotes innovate, artistic exploration and educates audiences about the process of making art and the history contained in what artists produce.

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
6522 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Website

Artist In The News Master Sugoi
Pornogami is the art of teasing paper into representations of copulating couples and human genitalia. Writer Lester Haines interviews Master Sugoi, the man who wrote the book on the subject: Pornogami: a guide to the ancient art of paper-folding for adults.

Sugoi has been creating art since the age of 2. He is considered an Origami Master, and has studied painting and drawing while living in Japan and honed much of his style while living in Egypt. He is a NJ Certified art teacher with many years of experience teaching in the USA and abroad. He founded the Firehouse Gallery of Bordentown in 1995 and continues to paint, draw, sculpt, photograph, compose for piano, write poetry and much more.

Update: Master Sugoi will be on national radio Wednesday, October 20th, 2004 at 8.15 p.m. (Eastern time) in an interview about his book. Check out the Derek and Romaine show on. Sirius Radio, Channel 149 - OUT Q Station. It's also accessible streaming on the web.

The Register interview with Master Sugoi by Lester Haines.
Master Sugoi's Website

ToF Foundation Donates Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing
3rd Annual Garden Party
Sunday, October 10th, 2 - 6 PM.

Breaking Ground this fall on the 104-unit project. Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and operating high-quality, affordable residential communities which provide a safe nurturing environment that supports the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender older adults. The Tom of Finland Foundation is donating a giclée print to the silent auction at the Garden Party.

Location: Home of David Cooley, owner of the Abbey, in Los Angeles, CA.
Details: www.glehc.org
Artist In Print Brad Rader
Brad Rader -- who's secret identity is Flaming Artist -- is mentioned in the Culture section of the July 20, 2004 issue of The Advocate in an article by Andy Mangels entitled Comic Book Heroes.

The article highlights San Diego's Comic-Con International where a number of out artists will be attending.

Artist In Print Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland - The Art of Pleasure has gone into it's third printing and is expected to be appearing on book shelves July 22, 2004.

Until Taschen published the retrospective volume on this master illustrator’s work, his drawings had been relegated to the walls of gay bars and adult shops. The first publication of this book helped Tom’s influence as an artist extend far beyond the gay scene. Now this masterwork is finally being made available again, in a more compact format, for any and all to enjoy.

Foundation in the News New York Erotic Art Weekend
See more about what was written about this event at:

The New York Blade "The Arts" by Steve Weinstein
The New York Blade "All for Art" by Bill Roundy
The Stranger "Dirty, Dirty, Dirty" by Emily Hall

Foundation in the News Peter S. Reed Foundation
The Tom of Finland Foundation has received a grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation. These monies will be used exclusively for the Tom of Finland drawing preservation project.
Artist in the News Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland

Image: Tom of Finland

TOM OF FINLAND AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART 

Five works by Tom of Finland have been purchased by the Judith Rothschild Foundation, to be included in a collection of 1,500 significant drawings being compiled by the Rothschild Foundation, to be gifted to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York in 2006.

Tom (Touko Laaksonen) was born in a small village in Finland, first came to public attention in 1956, when Physique Pictorial magazine began to publish his drawings. In the ensuing years, his hyper-masculine images of men, often in explicitly erotic situations with other men, achieved the status of icons in the gay male community. His work is credited by scholars with significantly influencing the way the culture viewed gay men, as well as how gay men viewed themselves. Tom became well-known for his meticulously detailed pencil drawings, many of which are now in private collections. Recently, his rough sketches have become increasingly popular among sophisticated collectors. The Rothschild acquisition includes two finished drawings and four sketches, and ranges from simple portraits to sexually explicit group images.

Though Tom's work has been acquired for the permanent collections of a number of museums -­ including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kiasma, Finland's Museum of Contemporary Art -­ the Rothschild purchase is different, according to Cliff Benjamin, director of The Western Project, the gallery which represents Tom's work. "This will cause a shift in perspective," he said. "The inclusion of Tom of Finland in this collection means he will no longer be an 'outsider' but will rather be recognized for what he was: one of the historically significant artists of the twentieth century."

Durk Dehner, co-founder, with Tom, of The Tom of Finland Foundation, and currently its director, rejoices at the news. "I think it's timely that this is happening as the Foundation approaches its twentieth anniversary," he said. "My only regret is that Tom didn't live long enough to see his 'dirty pictures,' as he used to call them, take their rightful place among the foremost art works of his time."
Image of the Year 2004 Tom of Finland Foundation

The Tom of Finland Foundation has selected this piece of art by their namesake artist, TOM OF FINLAND, as the image to represent the Foundation in print during the 2004 calendar year. It will be shown at the New York City and Los Angeles Erotic Art Weekends and is being auctioned off to the highest bidder!

Click here to learn more.
Click here to learn about our 2005 image of the year.

Friend Departed Armando Ramirez

Our Drawing Workshop coordinator and dear friend Joe Hilton, has lost his partner of many years. Armando Ramirez passed away on Wednesday, March 24th at 4:30 pm at home in Joe's arms. Armando was going through chemo for a long illness and didn't feel well. Joe was ready to take him to the hospital when he called out Joe's name. He looked into Joe's eyes and was gone.

He was buried at Hollywood Forever. Joe will always miss him and our hearts go out to him. The Foundation will frame a piece of art from its Permanent Collection in memory of Armando.

Artist On TV Philip Hitchcock

Artist Philip Hitchcock has been commissioned by the producers at Fox TV to create 17 body sculptures of women chosen to undergo "full life makeovers" in the upcoming prime time reality show "The Swans". The 17 women will be bodycast by Hitchcock before they receive plastic surgery, fitness training, psychotherapy and life counseling.

When the women have emerged as "Swans," they will receive the sculpture of their former selves during the climactic, on camera "reveal." They will be given a choice to keep the sculpture as a reminder of who they used to be, or to destroy it with a sledge hammer. The Foundation, of course, hopes they don't destroy Philip's art!

Update: Premiers Wednesday, April 7. Regular time slot starts Monday, April 12, 9 PM, 8 PM central.

More info at: www.fox.com/swan/ and www.galanent.com/f_current.html

Foundation in the News Durk Dehner
Reuter's Richard Chang reports that erotica is moving mainstream. It's not just titillation, but can be financially rewarding as well.

"We're moving into a renaissance in that the number of artists producing erotica is growing," said Durk Dehner, co-founder and director of the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles"

"We're on the edge of where erotic works will probably start increasing at faster rates," Dehner said, noting they are now perceived as fine art. "If people can feel that something is held in high regard, they're more comfortable with it."

For the full Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004 article, visit the Reuters website at:
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4360044

Artist Signing John Waters
March 1, 2004 at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069 · 310.659.3110

Cinema icon -- and previous winner of the Foundation's Artist Hall of Fame award -- John Waters returns with another fine art collection, his own! Published to coincide with the first major exhibition of his singular visual work at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Change of Life surveys Waters’ photography from the past decade as well as images from never-before-seen early underground films, sketchbooks and source material. Featuring essays by Gary Indiana and an interview with Waters by film director Todd Solondz, Change of Life will introduce fans of Hairspray, Pecker and Pink Flamingos to John Waters the photographer. Mr. Waters will sign customer memorabilia in addition to this latest gem.

Artist Reviewed Tom of Finland

Artnet's Mary Anna Pomonis reviews Western Project's showing: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby.  Among the 16 artists on display in this Los Angeles exhibit is Tom of Finland.

"In a typical work, a mustachioed man stands in motorcycle gear at parade rest with arms crossed, winking at us from under his hat, proudly displaying his beauty."

Artist Departed Helmut Newton

We are saddened to announce the passing of artist Helmut Newton on January 23, 2003. It is the wish of June Newton to hold the book launch as planned in memory of her husband. June Newton's book signing and exhibition "Alice in Hollywood" will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2004 from 11 AM to 1 PM at Taschen Bookstore, 354 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. (310.274.4300)

Foundation Wins "Best Art & Artist Site" Award Cybersocket

The Tom of Finland Foundation was awarded the 4th Annual Cybersocket Web Award for "Best Art & Artist Site". Websites are nominated on the basis of how well they fulfill their advertised missions -- and for their usefulness, design, and uniqueness. Web surfers vote for their favorite sites in 30 categories.

The Foundation wishes to express its gratitude to Cybersocket and the many voters that made this award possible. This honor will bring an expanded awareness of the Foundation, helping us in our goal of protecting, promoting and preserving the erotic arts.

Benefit Sale: The Aloha Collection Gay Art Gallery

The Gay Art Gallery is presenting artwork for sale for the benefit of a Hawaiian Gay non-profit organization. These come from the collection of Joseph Bean and includes erotic works from ten artists created from the 1970s to 2000.

Artist In Print Jeff Palmer

Jeff Palmer's second book, Temptation, arrived in customs in late October '03 and should be available soon. His first book, Sensual Men, sold out both printings and is no longer available. Also available is his 2004 calendar. For details, visit his website.

Artist In Print Philip Hitchcock

Featured in the current issue (#901) of The Advocate, Sculptor Hitchcock revels in the masculine torso to create his unique sculptures.

Pet Silva & Tammey Stubbs Wedding

On October 12, 2003, Artist Pet Silvia and Art@Large Gallery owner Tammey Stubbs were wed in a ceremony at the Museum of Sex that sought to shock and entertain as much as it joined the two in holy matrimony. For the details, check The Village Voice article.

Press Release Cultural Icon Award

Clive Barker is awarded the Tom of Finland Foundation's Cultural Icon Award for 2003! More info here.

Artist In Print Ted Fusby

November 2003 issue of Honcho.
Artist's Website.

Open Call For Artists & Performers Minneapolis, MN

ArTrujillo Multicultural Studios & Gallery is planning an erotica art event that is scheduled for October 4 - 26, 2003. They are looking for artists, performers, vendors and sponsors to join in. More info here.

Assist Us With Our Press Release List Foundation

Help spread the word about the Foundation. We are actively expanding our list of media contacts -- you can help our list grow!

Salon Night (July 19, 2003) Foundation Event

A quick look at our second evening Salon.

DVD Review Tom of Finland

Tom's video biography, "Daddy and the Muscle Academy: The Life, Art and Times of Tom of Finland" directed by Ilppo Pohjola, is reviewed by Kurt von Behrmann. This DVD includes an additional 40 minutes of interview time with Tom and has a sketch gallery with over 100 drawings.

Artist Departed Frances Turner

We are saddened to announce the passing of artist Frances Turner.

Artist In Print Palanca
"For most gay men, the erotic gaze focuses at the groin or upwards, but artist Pedro Santanilla, a.k.a. Palanca, goes straight to the heart and sole of the matter -- he's a foot man."

That's the start of Lawrence Schubert's revealing interview with one of Foundation's favorite "footmen". If you found Al Capp's Li'l Abner hunky, this is one artist you should investigate.

September 2003 issue of Honcho.
Artist's Website.

Artist In Print Philip Hitchcock
In a "revealing" tell all (and show all!) Men Magazine exclusive, artist Philip Hitchcock bares more than his soul as he discusses his life, his art, and his upcoming Los Angeles exhibition: MYTH.

August 2003 issue of Men Magazine.
Artist's Website.

Artist In Print Marc DeBauch
Marc's early influence came from Quantance, Tom of Finland and The Hun. Now he's grown a style of his own. Lawrence Schubert interviews this man from the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

August 2003 issue of Honcho.
Artist's Website.

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ENCOURAGEMENT
"My drawings are primarily meant for guys who may have experienced misunderstanding and oppression and feel that they have somehow failed in their lives. I want to encourage them. I want to encourage this minority group, to tell them not to give up, to think positively about their act and whole being." (1990) — Tom of Finland