e-news #135 april 13, 2012

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

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events & exhibitions

April 14 -
July 31, 2012

World Erotic Art Museum

Tom of Finland
Male Masterworks

"— this exhibit focuses on artwork that greatly influenced
Gay culture by challenging oppressive stereotypes."


Miami Beach, Florida

April 15, 2012

presents a:
Life Drawing Workshop

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


Los Angeles, CA

April 4 -
May 26, 2012

Au Bonheur du Jour

Nus Masculins Asiatiques
Asian Male Nudes:
Photos by Biron

"Since the early '90s,Biron has specialized in
youthful multicultural male images — "


Paris, France

March 31 -
May 27, 2012

Wessel + O'Conner Fine Art

Jason Langer
Male Figure Studies 2002 - 2012 & Other Work

"— his images strive always to capture
the unanticipated or chance moment —"


Lambertville, NJ / Online

April 28 -
July 14, 2012

Flazh!Alley Studio
The Metamorphosis of a Butterfly
A kaleidoscopic vision of life by a gay Chinese artist

Exhibiting for the first time in the United States
the paper cutting artwork by Bejing artist Xiyadie.


Los Angeles, CA
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page!

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog


new artist links

For men only, Mirko: French painter of your masculine fantasies.
A personal world of fantasy, eroticism, provocation, fraternal love
and virile friendship. See this through the eyes of a male
who is overly in love with men.

erotic art

Fine Art for Men: An online gallery of the male nude in fine art including contemporary artists and collectible vintage works specializing in gay and homoerotic art, vintage and current, photography, painting, drawings, digital art, and mixed media.

Dickies Drawings - Animation, Illustration and Drawings of Richard James. Featuring male nudes, famous guys and hot sportsmen.

MonGraphito: Academic male nude
drawings from the perspective of a modern reality.

foundation announcements


Tips of the Hat and Odds & Ends:

Sweet Street Fair success —

— thanks to Goddess Chal, LALC’s Woman of the Year, the ToFF Artists and Volunteers, and all the supporters who navigated the San Fernando Valley on Sunday.

View the Gallery with photos by Johnny James Curry, Jr.


Photo: Devon Robinson 

ToFF Digs the Desert

ToFF thanks the Barracks bar, its owners and staff. ToFF is grateful for our Volunteers and Artists. We appreciate everyone who came out on Easter and supported us.

ToFF can help others because you help us.

Photos by Devin Robinson. Check out his Gallery for this event.


Darren Bondy
by Leland Carina
at Kink.com

TOM’s Foundation is very appreciative of the donation we have received.

We thank Darren Bondy, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2011
and San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance for their support and we acknowledge all of their achievements for the community.

The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance is committed to creating a welcome and supportive environment for members of the SF Bay Area leather, fetish, kink and motorcycling communities.


Thanks to Will Clark and —

On March 21st, The Will Clark Show featured Porno Bingo. The evening raised bux for ToFF with a Special Auction! It was a night of Smokin Leather and kix.

Tom of Finland Foundation thanks: Will Clark, Pete Finland, CB Kirby, The LGBT Community of NYC and Pieces for their continued support (and awesomeness!) They know we’re no place without an affirmative outlook on sex.


Congrats to Marlon Morales.

ToFF congratulates Marlon Morales, the new Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2012.

Bravo to the entire class of the Los Angeles Leather Contest.


(Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled
(Detail from "Finlander Studs 2"),
1974, Graphite on paper, 11.75” x 8.25”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #74.08, © 1974 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland attracted record audiences in Turku, Finland

The year-long exhibition of legendary Gay artist, Tom of Finland, ended in December attracting a record audience of 90,000 to the Logomo space. The exhibition, which opened in January 2011, was part of the official program for Turku European Capital of Culture 2011 and presented by Homotopia, Liverpool, Turku 2011 Foundation and Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles.

More on TOM's Blog

art news

Anthony Griego

"Photocollage #6" (Pete Finland), 2012,
Watercolor and graphite on paper

“I’m a Gay artist that paints and depicts how I perceive Gay culture, both in tribute and satire.”

Check Out Anthony's Facebook Page

Portrait of John Palatinus
by Kai Teichert

John Palatinus and Kai Teichert


Photograph by John Palatinus

John Palatinus is one of the few surviving leaders in the fight for the freedom to disseminate Gay photography and art during the 1950s and ’60s. He is a legendary photographer from an era now called the “Golden Age of Physique Photography”.

During his five-week U.S. trip, Kai Teichert modelled in clay the head portrait of Palatinus in Palm Springs, California, and finished the work in New York City, March 2012.

Kai Teichert has been sculpting portraits since 1989. The method employed is ancient, the clay is not fired but conserved with linseed oil, and once dried, painted in oil colors.

During the course of sculpting, Teichert is in open dialogue with his subjects in a private or public space, lending the action a performative quality, and within this action, a conversation, a dialogue is formed between artist and sitter. This intimacy informs Teichert’s complex, realist form with a depth of astute observation to be witnessed in the finished bust.

The busts, his portraits in clay, are in many private collections throughout Germany, France, the Netherlands and Norway. The portraits can be found in public collections including the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, the Berliner Dom (Cathedreal) and Musée d´Art et d´Industie La Piscine Roubaix/France.

Kai Teichert Website

Visiting the TOM House
Artist Kai Teichert

Kai in TOM's studio


2010, Oil on canvas

Artist Kai Teichert, from Berlin, visited TOM House

John Palatinus brought Kai and Tim Tattu by the House. There was a wondeful exchange between all.

Plans made to visit Kai’s studio in Berlin. See above article about his bust of John Palatinus

Kai Teichert Website

Call For Artists
Homotopia 2012

Homotopia invites producers, community artists, promoters and professional artists to submit work for consideration for its autumn festival to be held at various venues across Liverpool between 1st - 30th November 2012.

The festival seeks new work from artists, theatremakers, producers and promoters for consideration for its Liverpool festival. It produces a critically acclaimed programme and we are interested in different levels of engagement & artist development which could be early R&D, new work and also completed projects that can be staged or presented in an eclectic variety of spaces from theatre, cinema, gallery or site specific.

The final programme will be selected by Homotopia in consultation with partners and producers at host venues. Homotopia embraces a wide range of work and is keen to partner with existing companies/artists. Some of it is mainstream with a traditional appeal and some of it is innovative and experimental. Some work can focus on LGBT issues while other work can be related to LGBT themes.

All work submitted for consideration must either feature: 1. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) themes; 2. Be of interest to an LGBT audience; 3. Be created or presented by LGBT artists. DEADLINE: Friday 4th May 2012 5:00 PM.

Homotopia Queercore.

Call For Artists
Adonis Art Gallery Olympic Challenge

Calling all artists of the male form. Submit your artwork for inclusion in the Adonis Art Olympic Challenge Exhibition. The Exhibition will be composed of images of Olympic-themed artwork submitted from all over the world.

There will be no prize, but viewers will be able to vote for their favourite. It will be an honour for any artist to be included, and the Adonis Art Gallery is proud to host this event to coincide with the London Olympic Games.

Thi is an accummulating exhibition — artwork will be added as it is selected, starting from the first entrys received and building right up to and including the games themselves during July and August 2012. This is an exciting project for the world of male art. Entry is free.

Visit the Adonis Art Website to lean more.

Give to TOM’s Foundation



In 1984, ToFF, the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) Educational Archive was established. As Tom (Touko Laaksonen) had achieved worldwide recognition as the master of homo-erotic art, the Foundation’s original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work. Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response.

Today the Foundation continues in its efforts of educating the public as to the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.

Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.



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