OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
Tom of Finland
New book on the legend – Los Angeles launch
September 29 - 30, 2012
F. Valentine Hooven, III
Tom of Finland –
Life and Work of a Gay Hero
256 pages, full color
Hardcover with dust jacket
8 ½ x 11 ¼ “
Bruno Gmünder Verlag GmbH
Tom of Finland
– Life and Work of a Gay Hero traces Tom’s life and work
from his childhood and student days in Finland, through his successful
career in advertising and his rise to cult status in the international
Gay community and beyond. Lushly illustrated with his drawings
and seldom-seen photographs, this volume brings to life Tom of
Finland – the man, the artist, the icon.
With this book the author set out to present all the elements
of Tom and his work; emphasizing how he was not just an artist
with the uncanny ability to turn a Gay man on, but to subtly and
consistently show him how to be a proud, happy and sexy man.
“Although he never attended a march or waved a banner at a demonstration,
in the second half of the 20th century no one did more for the
furthering of Gay pride than Tom did,” said F. Valentine Hooven,
III. “Many may have forgotten, or never knew, the shameful and
silly stereotypes of Gay people that were once damn near universally
believed and which Tom deliberately and strenuously combated with
each stroke of his testosterone-dipped pen.”
The American launch of this new anthology will take place at Tom
of Finland Foundation’s West Hollywood – Los Angeles Erotic Art
Fair Weekend. Thanks to the gracious cooperation of the City of
West Hollywood, the Fair will again be held in historic Plummer
Park’s Fiesta Hall, a location that is central in the LA basin.
Hooven will be there both days to discuss and autograph the book.
When Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) decided back in 1990 that
it would sponsor a fair for erotic art, as far as they knew it
would be the first and only one ever to be held. The response
was immediate and strong and has continued right up to this day.
Consequently, on the weekend of 28th, 29th, and 30th of September,
2012, ToFF will present the 17th edition of the largest and oldest
erotic art fair in the country, where approximately 50 booths
will display the work of erotic artists of every stripe and persuasion.
Many favorites will
be returning to the Fair and some new artists will be showcasing
for the first time. In addition to the book signing and art for
sale, a series of talks and panels on subjects relating to erotic
art, censorship, etc. will be offered for patrons. The Fair also
features live models posing for artists and photographers, offering
a rare chance for individuals to watch the actual creation of
erotic art works.
Durk Dehner, president and cofounder of ToFF, points out, “This
is the coming together of artists from around the world to share
with each other and to present their latest creations of art to
the public. It is one of the most positive, life-affirming experiences
in which one can partake, from both the artist’s and public’s
point of view”.
The Foundation looks forward to the usual large crowd of enthusiastic
art lovers: This year’s Fair promises hours of fascination to
any and every erotic art aficionado.
Friday night (8:00 – 11:00 PM) Artists Reception at Foundation
HQ — TOM House in Echo Park — for artists, collectors and all
who enjoy art – $10 donation. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Saturday (1:00 – 7:00
PM) and Sunday (12:00 – 6:00 PM) Panel discussions and life drawing
demos — with artists and models. $10 donation, good for both days.
Beer and wine at the Eros Café.
50 artists from around the globe. Painting, drawing, sculpture,
photography, mixed media and digital work.
Plummer Park – Fiesta Hall
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90046
1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, California 90026
Discover more about the Fair HERE.
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further information contact
S. R. Sharp
Press quality images available on request.
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September 6, 2012
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