e-news #121 april 22, 2011
Over A Quarter Century Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting Erotic Art  

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and news from the world of erotic art.

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events & exhibitions

April 24, 2011

The Barracks
present a:
TOM’s Uniform Bust
A benefit for the Foundation

Join artists Brad Giles, Curry Mendez, Valentine,
and Vaughan Davies for a break from the ordinary.



Palm Springs, CA

May 8 , 2011

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

April 22 -
May 14, 2011

Antebellum Gallery

16 Artists Exhibiting

"Antebellum is intended as a hybrid of artistic,
cultural, and political iconoclasm."


Los Angeles, CA

May 8, 2011

Full Kit Gear Space

Visits Provincetown

Celebrate the Full Kit Gear Shop
Gallery Grand Opening


Provincetown, MA

April 5 - 30, 2011

Adonis Art
Urban Lights
Paintings by Andrew Potter

The raw nature of the classical nude
against specific city settings.


London, England / Online

April 1 - 30, 2011

Visual AIDS and The Body

The Architecture of Loss
Curated by Rafael Sánchez

A special exhibition of rarely seen paintings, drawings and
photographs by Mark Morrisroe.



September 23 - 25, 2011


San Francisco

Erotic Art Exhibition

A group exhibition of erotic art, sculpture,
mixed media and photography.

San Francisco , CA
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page!

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog

foundation announcements


Tip's of the Hat and Odds & Ends:

Three statues were auctioned off February 27th at Just John’s – St. Louis’ premier nightclub for the LGBT community. The artist, Philip Hitchcock, named the proceeds to benefit Tom of Finland Foundation and Growing American Youth.

ToFF thanks Philip for his generosity, friendship and support over many years.

More on Philip Hitchcock here.

Durk Dehner, cofounder of the Foundation, is interviewed by Jimmy Palmieri on Donkey Punch Radio. Durk talks about the Foundation and its mission, reminisces about Tom and talks about the importance of our yearly Art Fair.

Listen to the podcast of the show on LA Talk Radio.

More Donkey Punch as Michael Kirwan speaks!

Jimmy Palmieri and Angie Miller interview former TOM House resident artist Michael Kirwan on their Internet show, Donkey Punch Radio.

Michael talks about his work and how it has evolved from an escape, to magazine illustration, to social commentary. "Sex doesn't happen in a vacuum."

Listen to the podcast of the show on LA Talk Radio.

Durk displays
award at 2011

Devin Robinson

The 2011 Southland Honors winners are:

Business of the year – The Leather Journal
Club or organization of the year – Tom of Finland Foundation
Event of the year – Palm Springs Leather Pride
Fundraiser of the year – Louie Pacheco (for ToFF)
Jeff Burnam Community Service Award – Alan Stroik
Mentor of the year – Mike V.H.
Person of the year – Louie Pacheco
TNG Award – Billy Nakasaki
Chairman’s Award – Pup Don
Chairman’s Award – Tom Pardoe

We, at Tom of Finland Foundation, are indeed very honored to have been recognized for everything we do. And we don’t do it alone.

“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

Thank you Los Angeles Leather Coalition for giving strength to our community.

To Our Most Respected Volunteers:

Despite all of the controversy early on, or perhaps because of it, Tom of Finland Foundation is very pleased to announce our most successful Erotic Art Fair Weekend to date, and we owe this prosperity in no small part to our Volunteers.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all of those who gave their time to help with the Reception and the Fair as well as the set up and tear down. We hope to see you all again very soon.

Bo Tobin — Event Coordinator

Photo: Larry Kephart

It takes an enormous amount of effort to present our annual Art Fair, and, of course, there wouldn't be a Fair without the artists and art lovers!

So, to everyone that participated, a hearty thanks. We hope you had fun, and look forward to seeing you next year.

art news

Artist in Print
Ulli Richter

Richter For Spexter — the first 100-page coffee table book by photographer Ulli Richter — is a sometimes humorous, sometimes darker look, at the Gay Male Fetish! It contains images created for a unique product catalogue for famous German fetish brand Spexter Munich.

Ulli Richter was born in a small East German village on the Czech border. In his early years as a child he was widely traveled, accompanying his parents to most countries in Eastern Europe. This fostered his interest in photography.

The book is available on Blurb, where you can preview the images online.

Ulli Richter Website

Artists in Print
100 Artists of the Male Figure

100 Artists of the Male Figure is a contemporary anthology of painting, drawing and sculpture, featuring nearly 400 individual artworks of the male figure in a variety of styles and media.

Compiled by E. Gibbons, it is an ideal resource for students, artists, curators, dealers, and collectors of figurative art. It contains contemporary works by artists from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.

This book bravely showcases works by male and female artists from around the world that focus on this classic subject. Painting, drawings, and sculptures display broad and varied styles, including portraiture, studies, pop art, abstract, and photorealism. Introduction written by by Grady Harp.

Size: 8 1/2” x 11” • 375+ color images • 256 pages • hard cover • $50.00

Published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310; phone: 610.593.1777 or fax: 610.593.2002. Schiffer Publishing Website

Further information on the 100 Artists Book Website

Artists in Print
Porn from Warhol to X-Tube

(Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Use a Rubber, 1980,
Graphite on paper,
ToFF #80.34, © 1980
Tom of Finland Foundation

A coffee table book by Dr. Kevin Clarke, Porn from Warhol to X-Tube covers the history of gay porn with hundreds of color-plates and fascinating facts.

It’s an essential and influencing component of art and pop culture. Especially when it comes to the self concept of gay men — pornography plays a very important part. Because no matter how the individual thinks about it: The gay rights movement and the triumphal procession of porn media happened at the same time and they have determined each other in a lot of ways.

The history of porn is damn exciting. It has come a long way from the discrete beginnings in the early sixties to pay per minute porn which we can see directly on our screen at home. This anthology leads us through the decades. It only shows us how the industry developed but also how the porn stars themselves have changed. From Pop Art to homemade 3 minute porn videos that we upload on x-tube, from dark cinemas to glamorous galas, the world is porn!

Editor Kevin Clarke studied musicology and literature. He worked for some famous magazines including the Tagesspiegel and the German Playboy. He is also the producer of several radio shows. Since 2011 he is the chief editor of Germany’s No. 1 gay lifestyle magazine MÄNNER.

260 pages, full color, hardcover with dust jacket, 8 ½ x 11 ¼”

Available through Bruno Gmunder.

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