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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.

Erotic Art Weekend 2002
The Foundation’s annual 3-day event celebrating erotic art and artists

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Friday night cocktail mixer

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Even 3 floors is not enough room, the socializing goes on outside too

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Foundation supporter Zak (r) brings out the puppy in artist Bud 

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Artist Marc DeBauch (r) in a self-designed tee-shirt chats with photographer Greg Day (l)

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A delectable array of food tempted the guests

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Longtime Foundation volunteer Stephen Nye (in camouflage pants) and friends enjoy the collection of original Tom of Finland artwork in the dining room

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Recent Emerging Erotic Artist Contest photography winner Dietmar Koenig (l) chats with veteran celebrity and erotic photographer Michael Childers (r)

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Sculptor Philip Hitchcock (c) 

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Volunteer Doug Gatewood (l) journeyed from Virginia to model at the Fair and meet masters of homoerotic art such as The Hun (r)

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The event always brings new enthusiasts into the world of erotic art

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Foundation administrator Matthew Blouin (l) with Permanent Collection curator Art Stafford (c) and volunteer Renato Brito (r)

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Volunteer bartender Paul Kraus (l) and a bartender provided by event contributor Smirnoff served the crowd

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The leatherman contingent of volunteer Eli Yaron (l), Mr. Bullet 2002, and volunteer Larry Goodermont (r) enjoy the uninhibited atmosphere

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As always, many guests made the journey all the way to the 3rd floor to see "Tom's Room" where he stayed while in the US, and produced many of his drawings.  This  room full of art and memorabilia is one of the Foundation's great treasures

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As with any good party, the kitchen is a place for lively conversation

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Painter and photographer Miguel Angel Reyes (l) 

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Volunteer Greg Beatrice (l), Foundation Board Members Cliff Benjamin (c) and Luke Daniel (r) greeted the guests

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Renato helps a benefactor to "Be Part of the Art" by sponsoring an artwork to be framed

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Sharon, volunteer, and a dedicated attendee of many Foundation events, shares a moment with famed adult star Jeff Stryker

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Foundation Headquarters once again showed there's always more to see with an ever-changing display of erotic art

Foundation Headquarters is available for viewing by appointment
Call 213-250-1685

EROTIC ART FAIR
Saturday & Sunday

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Wall to wall art and a great crowd may be a bit overwhelming as visitors tour the four rooms of the Art Fair

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A steady stream of volunteer models provided sketching artists and visitors with inspiration

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The spacious and light-filled LA Lofts once again provided a great place to explore the art 

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Erotic Art Gallery curator Volker Morlock (l) once again provided a professional look for the Foundation's own display, and took care of collectors such as Milton Rodriguez (r) who received complimentary Commander's status for his support at last year's Fair

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The Foundation displayed Marcello sculpture and a new presentation of Goh Mishima drawings, along with Nigel Kent, Teddy of Paris, Beau, High School Muscle Boy Matt and many others

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Mark Moore Gallery curator Cliff Benjamin (r) brings his expertise to the Foundation display, chatting here with collector Michael John Horne (l) 

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Artist Bud (r) shows his digital erotica along with his tats

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The Foundation continues to expand the diversity of its artists and their audience

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Patrick Lee (2nd from left), one of the winners of the 1995 Emerging Erotic Artist Contest, was one of the stellar new attractions of this year's Fair, showing both his drawings and remarkable photographs of Marine Corps "Mud Runs"

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Rick Castro (l) shows his photography - look for his new photos of LA punk rocker Nick Name soon in Blue Magazine

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Artists sketched a variety of models - from mohawks to muscles

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Art lover Zak Spears (l) and collector Shawn Farnsworth  

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LA based artist Miguel Angel Reyes (r) shows his vibrant paintings and gives a good head massage too

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Artist Mark DeBauch (l) and Eduardo Parra had a successful weekend in more ways than one

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More of the artists who came to sketch and can look forward to a regular Foundation drawing workshop

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Artist Damian Chilicky (r) of Immaculate Whore Concepts will have his work in the next Erotic Art Gallery by Mail

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Artist Chris Zimmerman (c) displays his work in various media and will have work for sale in the next Dispatch

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Michael Kirwan (r) has displayed his work at both NY and LA Art Fairs, and is the featured artist in the next Dispatch

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Volunteer Eduardo Parra fills  a much needed Fair position by sitting in at Michael Kirwan's booth 

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The Foundation is gratified to see more heterosexual participation in the Fair; here Artist Damian Chilicky (l) chats with a model/ assistant for Dorian Cleavenger 

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This sculpture by Ross Kennedy shows the limitless possibilities of erotic art

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Foundation President Durk Dehner (r) sits in at Kent's booth with assistant Scott  

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Another winner of the Emerging Erotic Artist Contest 1999, Jay Jorgensen (l), has become one of the Fair's most well-known photographers

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The Marc Arranaga Contemporary Arts display featured numerous artists in many media

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One of the sculptures by body-cast artist Philip Hitchcock

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In the foreground a volunteer sits in for artist Angel Merino from Sicily, while in the booth behind a large work by artist AXEL can be seen

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The Fair is a great place to see the complex textures of the work from performance and mixed-media artist Reverend Stephen Johnson Leyba (r) here pictured with assistant Monique Everhart

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Artist AUGIE (r) with assistant Christopher Sands West

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One of the first time model volunteers this year 

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Artist Sugoi (r) shows his work both small (polaroids) and large (canvas)

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Photographer Jeff Compasso (l) discusses his work

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Artist Sandra Chang (l), featured on the announcement postcard for the Fair, with next-booth friend and artist Mark Durham (r)

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Artist David Crocker (l)

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Artist Hector Silva was also a winner of the Emerging Erotic Artist Contest in 1997

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 Celso Jr. journeyed from Portugal to show his paintings alongside one of his inspirations: boots

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Artist Frank Sheehan (r)

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Volunteers oversee the booths of  Andy Shomock (l) and EMG Studio (r)

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Guests were treated to Julian Falk's collection of Asian erotica

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Marc Arranaga (r) packages the work of one of the artists he represents for a collector

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Artist and Tom of Finland biographer Valentine shows his work and storybooks

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Tim Roller is a photographer who shoots in the classic physique style, and also collects vintage photos

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Artist Belasco (2nd from left) is a regular exhibitor at the LA Fair

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Palanca is always working, even at the Fair where he produced the work above at left

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Artist Squire (l), a winner in the 1999 Emerging Erotic Artist Contest, speaks with model Doug Gatewood

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Models provide another inspiring tableau for the artists

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One of Adam Leigh's ever-photogenic models mans his booth

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Artist Dorian had one of his devilishly lovely models sitting in at his booth

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Volunteers Eliseo Martinez and Dhayn Leija (r) made the Cafe Eros a great success

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Photographer Glenn Cannon has been a regular exhibitor and supporter of the Fair

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Photographer Hal Roth's booth is always crowded with browsers looking for their fantasy among the thousands of photographs


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Volunteer Dan Babcock expects to see YOU next year at the Fair... or else!

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all photographs on this page by Tim D

2002 Tom of Finland Foundation


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HAPPY SEXUALITY
“In those days, a gay man was made to feel nothing but shame about his feelings and his sexuality. I wanted my drawings to counteract that, to show gay men being happy and positive about who they were. Oh, I didn’t sit down to think this all out carefully. But I knew — right from the start — that my men were going to be proud and happy men!"
— Tom of Finland