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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
5th EROTIC ART FAIR A SUCCESS

The 1999 Erotic Art Fair weekend was an exhausting but exhilarating forty-eight hours, chockfull of events which provided something for just about everyone.

The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with a reception at the Tom of Finland house in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles. More than 150 artists, Foundation members and special guests ate, drank, socialized, and toured the craftsman house, where Tom of Finland lived and worked, enjoying a dazzling array of erotic art from the Foundation's permanent collection.

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volunteer models provide inspiration for the artists' drawing demonstration

On Saturday, Foundation volunteers started arriving at the L.A. Lofts, the location of the Art Fair itself, at 8AM and soon the place was humming with activity. Artists' booths were set up, power lines strung, tables and chairs moved into position, food and beverages unpacked and made ready. A few hours later, the impatient artists swarmed into the space, setting up their works for display, obtaining charge slips and supplies, barraging the staff with questions about procedures.

By the time the Fair opened to the public at 1PM, almost everything was in place. And a good thing too. For in the two days of the Fair, more than a thousand people strolled through, meeting the artists, admiring their work, watching live sketching demonstrations, purchasing almost 33% more art than in previous years.

Saturday evening saw the opening of the “1999 Emerging Erotic Artist Contest Exhibition” at the Tom of Finland Gallery in Silverlake. Artists and friends mixed over cocktails as they viewed many of the exciting entries in the competition. From there, the group adjourned to a banquet room at Le Freres Taix Restaurant for the annual Foundation Dinner, where our co-founder and president, Durk Dehner, presented the prizes to the contest winners (see article on page 2). The dinner was a sold-out affair, with artists, Foundation members, volunteers, and honored guests socializing until late in the evening.

Sunday morning, over a continental breakfast, many of the artists gathered at the Lofts for a series of sober discussions about the business side of the erotic art world, hosted by Christopher Ford of the Mark Moore Gallery. Then, at noon, the doors opened to the public again, and collectors from around the country made their choices from the spectacular array of artists joining us for this year at the Fair.

By the end of the weekend, the artists, as well as everyone from the Foundation, were spent but elated. Once more, the event proved enormously popular, not only in terms of sales, but also by giving artists from around the world the opportunity to get in touch with each other and with serious collectors of their work. After a few days of rest, it was back to the drawing board, as we began to make plans for the 2000 Erotic Art Fair Weekend, coming your way in October. Erotic Art Fair

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The Art Fair drew a larger-than-ever eclectic and sexy crowd of art-lovers to explore the vast array of erotica on display.

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The Foundation's own Erotic Art Gallery mounted a beautiful exhibiton of its work for sale including Don Bachardy, Olivia and Tom of Finland

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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.