e-news #131 january 3, 2012

Over A Quarter Century Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting Erotic Art  

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events & exhibitions

January 8, 2012

presents a:
Life Drawing Workshop

Beginner? Professional?
All are welcome. RSVP and bring your sketch pad!


Los Angeles, CA

January 6 - 8, 2012

Visual AIDS
Postcards From The Edge
An Annual Benefit for Visual AIDS

Small Art, Big Names, Great Cause!
Over 1,500 original postcard-sized works of art


New York, NY

January 27 - 29, 2012

All Worlds Resorts
in association with
Q Trading

A Celebration of
Gay Artists and Photographers

Call for Artists. 6 artists are already participating.

Palm Springs, 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:

Taking a break from his hectic schedule, Santa Claus dropped in to say hello to all of the good(?) boys and girls attending our Holiday Potluck — our annual soirée for Members, Volunteers and friends of the Foundation. Everyone had a chance to sit on Santa's lap and steal a kiss.

Thanks to Lorenzo Gomez for capturing the action! You can see more of Santa at TOM's Blog .

Nothing Happens Without our Volunteers and Members

EVERYTHING Happens With Them


Speaking of parties, the Black Leather Xmas Party closed the Tom of Finland: Public and Private exhibition at Antebellum with an exclaimation point! See more images on TOM's Blog.

Our thanks to JayPG for the great photos.


It's the beginning of a New Year, with much to look forward to.

Last year was a great year; join us as we review some highlights of 2011 in pictures at World of Tom of Finland.


The first new ToFF Members of 2012 start it in STYLE!

Chris Olson and Lance Holman model New Year's Eve hats by Jacob Prieto at TOM House.


TOM takes the stage in Helsinki Boy/Manlesque.

Both burlesque and BOYlesque are HUGE in Helsinki these days. Heres a hilarious routine Epe and his troupe, The Hell Montey (a comedic group who play off The Full Montey film) are now performing in shows. They give a direct nod towards TOM and use one of his images.

Most the guys run off to be with the worker girls, but one stays behind to enjoy his Tom picture by himself…

The Hell Monty @ Suomiburleskigaala from Helsinki Burlesque on Vimeo.

S. R. Sharp, Maija Liisa
and Durk Dehner.

ToFF Volunteer, Maija Liisa Ingebrigtsen, translated a 30 panel story in our Permanent Collection that Tom created in 1946. Tom did the captions of his very early works in Finnish.

It was wonderful having Maija Liisa — Norwegian, but with a Finnish mother — at the Foundation while she was in Los Angeles.

Here's a sample:

Guy 1: “Damn, boss. Can I try it?”

Guy 3: “Fabulous tail!”

Guy 2: “Awesome thing!”

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 –1991), Untitled, 1946, Gouache on paper,
© 1946 Tom of Finland Foundation

art news

Antebellum says…
with Rick Castro

Rick sits down for a chat and a smoke with Tom of Finland Foundation cofounder Durk Dehner.

Camera and editing by Heath Daniels. Shot on location at The Antebellum Gallery.

View it on YouTube

Artist in Print
Carmine Santaniello in Noisy Rain

Carmine Santaniello is proud to announce that his work has been featured in the magazine Noisy Rain, Issue 7.

His recent works are mixed media monoprints utilizing urban images that he photographs, along with drawing through a printmaking process: Paper Lithography.

He is greatly inspired by urban images such as graffiti, dripping / splattered paint, marred subway tiles, posted bills, etcetera. He sees them as intriguing environments that work so well to house his figures and portraits. He loves the contrast of the beautiful male form in a somewhat seedy urban setting.

Noisy Rain Website for Issue 7.
See pages 70 - 87 for Carmine's work.

Carmine Santaniello Website.

Prestigious Representation of Tom of Finland at
The Millionaire Fair through Gallerie MooiMan


Pages from Gallerie MooiMan catalogue.

For the first time worldwide, an LGBT male/gay art gallery was represented in the Miljonair Fair in Amsterdam. Gallerie MooiMan participated in the 10th annual Fair held in December in Amsterdam. Proceeds from the work sold at auction were donated to the Friends of the Gaykrant Foundation.

From the catalogue:

Tom of Finland's driving force through the four decades of his artistic career was to provide positive role models for Gay men inspiring messages of self pride and happiness in men loving men. His work transcended into the popular culture and became part of the culture.

His works reside in many museums of the world like MoMA in New York. He has been hailed as one of the most influential artists of the last century. It is difficult to find any one other individual who has done more for Gay liberation than this humble Finn who spent most of his working career in his studios in Finland and America.

Gallerie MooiMan Website
Miljonair Fair Website
Gaykrant Foundation Website


TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 1991),
Untitled (Detail from Kake - Cock d-Or),
1971, Pen & ink on paper, ToFF #71.110,
© 1971 Tom of Finland Foundation

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