e-news #114 august 04, 2010
Over A Quarter Century Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting Erotic Art  

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events & exhibitions

August 9 , 2010

presents a:
Life Drawing Workshop

Usually held the second Sunday of each month.
Beginner? Professional? All are welcome. RSVP and bring your sketch pad!


Los Angeles, CA

July 26 -
September 4, 2010

Flazh!Alley Studio
Filthy Fifties Frisco
The Art of

Original panels from Brad Rader's newest book.
This is a must-see for graphic novel fans!


Los Angeles, CA

August 6 -
September 1, 2010

Antebellum Gallery

The Look of the Nude
Male Figure Art As Seen By Four Artists

Featuring artwork by: Miguel Reyes
Eduardo Lucero, Bill Donovan and Steven Blank


Los Angeles, CA

August 12, 2010

The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Queer Art Gallery
Queer Art, Fashion, Performance and Music

Including a benefit auction with works by Tom of Finland, Michael Kirwan,
George Quaintance, Ingmar, Wes Lockwood, Muscle Boy Matt and Jakal.


Los Angeles, CA

August 1 - 31, 2010

Visual AIDS and The Body

The Infidels' Hallelujah
Co-curated by Guy Berube and Francesco Corsaro

"In this series of chosen works, Bérubé touches on the
delicate relationship between artist and dealer…"



August 3 - 29, 2010

Adonis Art
Kirill Fadeyev
Paintings From Russia

"The work of the exceptional Ukrainian artist Kirill Fadeyev is
sometimes humorous, but often haunting and mysterious."


London / Online

November 23, 2010 -
January 15, 2011

Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
Carlo Pittore
Curated by Jonathan D. Katz

Prior to the forthcoming exhibition in November, a select group
of Carlo Pittore's work will be available at well below list price.


New York, NY
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page!
foundation announcements


Tips of the Hat and Odds & Ends:

Vancouver Men in Leatherís Pride event - a Tom of Finland themed fundraiser was held Friday July 30, 2010. By all accounts it was a rousing success. The space was crowded from opening time, and most — if not all — attendees dressed for the theme of the night.

Raffle prizes of T-shirts and a Tom of Finland Comix Collection were drawn as well as a 50/50 ticket. Also available for sale were t-shirts and fridge magnets, provided by ToFF for the event.

Pictures and a more complete post about the night will be put up on Tomís Blog as soon as the event organizers have had a chance to debrief and detox post-Pride week.

Our librarian, Allison, went to the Gay Pride Parade in Helsinki, Finland: "It was sad because at some point somebody set off some tear gas. It was also disappointing because they don't have floats in parades here… itís more like a march. Weíre talking about changing that!

"At the very least, next year we can have a Tom of Finland crew with some flags and costumes, throw out some condoms to the crowds or something. Anyhow, we did have fun. Though it was lacking in creativity, Wiki says there was only a few hundred people last year and thousands this year. So letís catch that wave and inspire the community here through Tom!"

More on Helsinki Pride here.

House of NSFW

Caitlin Monaghan had a “real” tour of the TOM House, joined by neighbors who booked a tour as well. Caitlin has just moved to LA from Chicago. She learned of ToFF because her brother is in the band that opened for Gay Beast after the reception for Danimal at the TOM house.

"Over the past six decades, Tom of Finland has become an international gay celebrity, but not until recent years has his art been recognized in mainstream art circles for all art lovers — gay or straight. Notorious publisher Benedikt Taschen placed Tom in the company of Leonardo DiVinci and Michelangelo when he bound and sold 666-paged (oh, the irony!) books filled with Tom’s best creations."

Read Caitlin's article in Style Section LA here.

L - R:

Host Terry LeGrand,
Durk Dehner and
Producer Andrew Holinsky

The Alternative with Terry LeGrand

The Alternative recently aired a special interview with Durk Dehner recorded at the Erotic Art Fair on March 27, 2010 on preserving gay culture.

Terry Le Grand, has been a GAY activist for many years and now is the Co-Chair of ACT UP Southern California, he is a DEIST and believes that organized religion should not have a significant place in the world today because itís the cause of most of the major problems of the world.

Learn more about The Alternative here.

A Gay Eden in Echo Park Ė The Tom of Finland Foundation

Echo Park Now visited Tom of Finland Foundation and had "a lovely time with the boys. Am I allowed to call them boys? Guys? Men?" Enjoying the art, and the house, and the cats: "I think Iíll just stay until they kick me out."

ďThere are many young gay artists throughout the world whose thoughts and desires are either unacceptable or outright illegal. Tom of Finland Foundation exists to offer acceptance to these artists and their creations.Ē

Read Echo Park Now's article about the Foundation here.

art news

Call For Artists

Lathered Up
by Michael Breyette

Deadline: August 15th, 2010

Not only is this one of the major erotic art competitions of the year, with a book published, but winners can have their works go on exhibition.
Well worth checking out for both Artists and Art Lovers.

tom in print

Tom of Finland XXL
Bigger Is Better: The Ultimate Tom of Finland

If you own only one book on Tom, this is the book to get.

A massive 666 pages, it covers six decades of Tom's career. The work was gathered from collections across the US and Europe with the help of the Tom of Finland Foundation, and features many drawings, paintings and sketches never previously reproduced.

Produced by art book publisher TASCHEN, edited by Dian Hanson, and overseen by Durk Dehner — Tom's business partner and cofounder of the Foundation — this book is truly impressive.


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