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

November 7 - December 23, 2011

Los Angeles, CA

Antebellum Gallery
and
TOM  OF  FINLAND  FOUNDATION
present:

TOM OF FINLAND:
Public and Private


TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
TOM’s “doodles”, Graphite on newspaper.

 Edition print, © 2011 Tom of Finland Foundation

Opening Reception: November 7, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
The 20th Anniversary of Tom's Death Day
$10 Donation Requested.

We will be presenting never-before-seen
collages, photography and drawings by

TOM OF FINLAND

curated by
RICK CASTRO

November 7th, 2011 Marks the 20th Anniversary of
TOM OF FINLAND’S DEATH DAY

Please Join
RICK CASTRO, DURK DEHNER, SHARP &
TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION


Plus: Special Events:


DECEMBER 9 -- TOM'S CIGAR BAR
HAPPY HOUR - 6 PM TIL 8 PM - NO HOST BAR - $5 DONATION


DECEMBER 23 -- CLOSING PARTY
BLACK LEATHER XMAS – $10 DONATION
LIVE FETISH PERFORMANCE
BY
BASTIAN DAMASCUS


Wear Your Finest Black Leather, Uniform
Formal Attire Fetish, Suit Fetish or ?

— ABOUT THE EXHIBITION —

Touko Laaksonen, best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland (May 8, 1920 – November 7, 1991) was a Finnish artist notable for his stylized fetish art and his influence on late twentieth century Gay culture.

Tom is considered one of the most influential creators of Gay pornographic images. Over the course of four decades Tom produced some 3,500 illustrations, featuring men with exaggerated primary and secondary sex traits: heavily muscled torsos, limbs, buttocks and large penises. Tight or partially removed clothing showed off these traits, with the penis often visible as a bulge in tight trousers or prominently displayed for the viewer. His drawings frequently featured explicit sexual activity.

Curator Rick Castro has chosen a selection of his artwork never seen before by the public: Tom’s collages, “doodles,” and photography. These combination of images are the ideas that eventually became his drawings.

November 7th, 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Tom of Finland. Rick Castro, and Durk Dehner, President and Sharp, curator of Tom of Finland Foundation, are very pleased to present the premiere of these works.


About the gallery:

Antebellum Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Hollywood. The term antebellum is Latin for "before war". While it commonly refers to a more romantic Gone With the Wind era, we find ourselves again today with American culture at odds with political / religious / social agendas that threaten to blow the lid off its foundations at any given moment.

Steeped in Victorian nuances with a salon style, Antebellum is intended as a hybrid of artistic, cultural, and political iconoclasm.

Antebellum Gallery
General Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM -- or by appointment.
1643 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood CA, 90028  Map 
323.856.0667
Antebellum Gallery Website

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"Whenever I was depressed or disgusted, I would feel him, that spirit inside, urging me back to living, back to drawing, I believe there is a lot to the world that can’t be seen or touched, and if you turn away from that — especially if you are an artist — you are avoiding an important part of life, maybe the very heart of it.” — Tom of Finland