e-news #147
february 5, 2013
Over A Quarter Century Dedicated To Protecting, Preserving And Promoting Erotic Art

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events & exhibitions

February 10, 2013

presents a:
Life Drawing Workshop

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


Los Angeles, CA

February 15 -
March 31, 2013

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Rare And Raw
Co-curated by Steph Rogerson and Kelly McCray

A curated exhibition exploring Queer representation,
historical visual culture and contemporary art production.


New York, NY

February 14 -
March 8, 2013

Antebellum Gallery

Rick Castro Fetish
A Cross-Section of International Artists

View a cross~section of international artists presenting
images / homages / inspirations and tributes to Rick Castro and his cat.


Los Angeles, CA

February 16, 2013

presents a:

Lifecasting Workshop
A One Day Class by Philip Hitchcock

Learn how to make replicas of hands,
faces, torsos and more!


St. Louis, MO

February 22 -
March 17, 2013

Galerie Modulum

Mathieu Laca
Watercolours Erotic and Other Works on Paper

“— the violence of desire that can inhabit a man,
powerful enough to conquer the world.”


Montreal, Canada

February 5, 2013

Adonis Art
Kirill Fadeyev
New Paintings

Preview: Tuesday, February 5, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Artist will be in attendance.


London, England / Online
See our full listing on the Foundation's Events Page.

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog

foundation announcements


Tips Of The Hat And Odds & Ends:

Los Angeles Band of Brothers roll up their [leather] sleeves at TOM House. Fundraising, moving furniture - restoring furniture, creating art, framing art, stained glass repair, arranging, scrubbing, laughing — is there anything these men can’t do?

ToFF couldn’t do all we do without their help and support and we are 100% grateful. L. A. Band of Brothers is a fraternal organization of titleholders who have competed in the Mr. Los Angeles Leather Contest. They dedicate themselves to the support of the Leather and LGBTQ Communities for the betterment of all.

Los Angeles Band of Brothers Website

TOM’s Foundation Needs Volunteers Like YOU!


TOM House welcomed LA artist Sheree Rose, ToFF librarian Toni Rodrigeuz, and UK artist Dominic Johnson in TOM’s Hall, the dining room in TOM House, on “Volunteer Pizza Fridays”.


Steam — The Literate Queer’s Guide to Sex and Controversy — a gift to ToFF’s library. Thank you to David Alexson for remembering that our library is a vital part of our archive.

The publisher and editor of Steam was Scott O’Hara (ToFF’s first Lifetime Member), and was based in Cazenovia, Wisconsin. Printing and distribution were handled out of San Francisco.


Meetup at TOM House.

Robert and 16 of his friends came for an hour and a half tour of Tom of Finland Foundation’s headquarters, the house where TOM lived and worked in Los Angeles. They were all excited to see and learn more about the artist.

Learn more about Meetup


What's this?

A handsome (and handy!) addition to ToFF’s collection donated by Bob Lupinacci.

Answer: A toothpick dispenser.

art news

Russia Moves to Enact Anti-Gay Law Nationwide
Tom of Finland Exhibition Canceled

In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, Russian Gay rights campaigner
Pavel Samburov (center left) and five other Gay rights activists kiss during a protest
near the State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia.
A controversial bill banning “Homosexual propaganda” has been submitted to
Russia’s lower house of parliament for the first of three hearings
Tuesday, Jan. 22. 2013. Associated Press/Misha Japaridze.

"In September, 2012 a major collaboration in St. Petersburg was cancelled following a hugely successful exhibition of Tom of Finland in the Gay artist’s home city of Turku, Finland. This was done on the advice of the British Embassy due to the severe and insidious laws that had been passed. Now the same laws are being rolled out across the whole of Russia: A worrying development, especially as homophobic and transphobic violence increases." — Homotopia

More on TOM's Blog

"A group of experts from the United Nations have urged Russia to drop its draft law forbidding “homosexual propaganda”, and have said that it would undermine the human rights of LGBT people in the country.

"The draft law, submitted in March 2012, details that the “promotion of homosexuality” among children could warrant fines of 4,000-5,000 rubles (£85-105) for individuals, 40,000-50,000 rubles (£850-1050) for officials, and 400-500,000 (£8,500-10,500) rubles for businesses.

"Similar laws have already been passed regionally in ten different areas of Russia, but this bill would impose the law nationwide. 388 members of the state Duma voted for the bill, one voted against, and one member chose to abstain. 60 others did not vote."

More by Joseph Patrick McCormick at Pink News

“I love Russia, but I want another Russia,” said Abduljalilov, 30, who now works as a clerk. “It’s a pity I can’t spend my life on creative projects instead of banging my head against the wall and repeating, ‘I’m normal, I’m normal.’ “

More by Mansur Mirovalev at Time

A Generous Donation From

REX (American),
Leather Bar, 1978, Pen & ink on paper,
13.63" x 17.25", © 1978 Drawings by REX

This is the earliest original REX in the artist’s collection. It was done in 1978 for a French porno film poster and was returned to him in the 1990s when he was in living in New York. On July 10, 1981, a major fire on Folsom Street in San Francisco destroyed the homes (along with artwork and photographs) of REX, photographer Mark I. Chester and many Leathermen. As such, Leather Bar is one of the few original drawings surviving from his pre-1980 period.

REX tells the story of encountering Tom of Finland’s liberating images in a magazine store in Manhattan in the ‘60s. Tom’s work was life changing for Homosexuals who encountered it. REX was no exception and he admits how TOM’s integrity influenced him.

ToFF is honored to accept this historical and significant gift into its collection.

REX Website

Artists in Print
Turnon: Gear

This stunning compilation book from Bruno Gmünder features photographs by top names including Jeremy Lucido the creative force behind Starrfucker magazine. Flip through some of the 256 pages on the Gmünder website. Buy it through the link below and help out the Foundation.

Available at Amazon: Turnon: Gear

Magazine #2


"Being Gay today – between acceptance and anti-homosexual legislation. We take a look at one social taboo, Homosexuality in old age, and one sexual one: Genital modification. We say goodbye to a relic of Gay culture from the last generation: The porn cinema.

"We also met up with fashion legend and well-known Horst fan Jean Paul Gaultier, plus cult fashion designer John Varvatos. Sound designer Michel Gaubert creates the modern man’s playlist exclusively for HORST. Plus: Guys in corsets, a Burger Girl, digital media for the Gay community and — penises!"

Reduced cover price — from €33.99 to €25.00.

HORST Website

Art Against AIDS

Laurent · Gavroche · Box
Selling original creations to benefit Sidaction

Sidaction was created in 1994 to respond to the AIDS epidemic. They are a key player in the fight against AIDS in France and developing countries. Three principles have always been at the heart of their action:

Gather · Act on all fronts · Needs of the field

HdeLUXE Website

Sidaction Website

Original Works For Sale

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
Untitled (Detail, preliminary drawing), c. 1965
Graphite on paper, 11.63" X 8.25", ToFF #0899
© 1965 Tom of Finland Foundation

131 Allen Street, New York, New York


Exhibition History

Tom of Finland by PATRICK SARFATI

Tom of Finland’s work is in museums such as: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art and the Kiasma in Finland.

Major Solo Exhibitions

Major Group Exhibitions

Public Collections


Video and Film

parting glances

One Of Germany’s Best-selling Gay Novels, Now In English
On a Wednesday in September

A moving tale of guilt, redemption and the survival of love.

Journalist and psychotherapist Stephan Niederwieser became known as an author in Germany, his home country, because of this very novel. On a Wednesday in September was voted Best Gay Fiction of the Year in 1998. Now, one of Germany’s best-selling Gay novels, is finally available in English.

When Edvard hands his lover a ring to seal their friendship, he triggers an emotional avalanche: Bernhard is overwhelmed with images from the past: Nazi Germany, a blond soldier, and trails of blood in the snow. While seeking answers to these haunting images, Bernhard crosses paths with many strangers: his close-lipped father, stewardess Kim, grand seignior Raimondo, gigolo Fred, and his own strong-willed mother Lydia. The ring connects the lives of these strangers, and what seems contradictory finally comes together at the end.

Available on Amazon in Paperback

Be Hot

Mitch Vaughn

wearing shirt from
SOLD OUT Clothing

The Factory Nightclub

You Are Part Of The Picture

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled (Preliminary for #78.27), 1978, Graphite on paper, ToFF #0070, © 1978 Tom of Finland Foundation

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