|TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION|
OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
|SECOND NEW YORK ART FAIR IN JULY
July will be hotter than usual in New York this year, as the Tom of Finland Foundation will descend on Manhattan for the Second Annual New York Erotic Art Fair. The Fair will be held on the weekend of July 12-14 at the newly-renovated Lesbian and Gay Center on 13th Street off Seventh Avenue.
The weekend will kick off with a Press Reception on Friday evening, to which the public is welcome. This event will allow the artists to meet each other, as the press takes a sneak peek at the displays.
The Fair itself will open to the public from noon to 6:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, with the admission price of $10.00 good for visits on both days.
Last year, more than 35 artists displayed and sold their work, with almost 800 people visiting the Fair during the weekend. This year’s Fair promises to be even more expansive in the variety of artists represented, and we expect even larger audiences.
If you are an artist or potential volunteer who wishes to take part in the Fair, we urge you to contact the Foundation immediately, as space is limited and plans are going forward. And if you live in the New York metropolitan area, or will be visiting that weekend, make sure to put aside time for a visit to the Fair. You’ll be glad you did!
Hunky art-lovers at the 2001 Fair checked out the Foundation's own exhibit, as always expertly hung by curator Volker Morlock
While you’ve got your calendar out, mark the dates of October 11, 12, 13, for that will be when the Eighth Annual Erotic Art Weekend will hit Los Angeles! We’ll have much more to tell you about it in the next Dispatch, but for now make sure you save the dates. And, in addition to browsing the Fair itself, consider attending some of the surrounding events if you haven’t done so in the past: the Friday night Artists Reception at Foundation Headquarters... the Saturday evening Awards Banquet... and the Sunday morning seminar. Taken together, these events give you an exhaustive – and sometimes exhausting! – look at the state of erotic art in today’s world. (And did we mention it’s a lot of fun?)
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"Yes, I consider my work pornography. Pornography means to stimulate peoples' sexual feelings, and I'm always very aware of that. My motive is lower than art." — Tom of Finland from the MSC Finland Website.