eNews #177
March 3
, 2015


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Events & Exhibitions

March 8, 2015

Life Drawing Workshops

Life Drawing Workshop

Usually held on the second Sunday of each month. Beginner? Professional?
All are welcome. Reserve your spot before March 6!


Los Angeles, CA

January 17 -
March 7, 2015

Events: Early Work 1944 – 1972 Exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery

David Kordansky Gallery
Early Work 1944 — 1972

This exhibition surveys the artist’s formative years across fifteen works.


Los Angeles, CA

February 14-
March 4, 2015
Events: Antebellum Gallery Broken Heart

Antebellum Gallery
Broken Heart

We've all had our hearts broken. Who hasn't felt heartache and loss of the love
of our lives? This year Antebellum will celebrate the broken heart.


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

World of Tom of Finland

TOM's Blog

Foundation Announcements

Tom of Finland

"Adult Taste" tours at Museum Centre Vapriikki's Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of Finland exhibition March 14 and 27.

Special guided 30-minute tours at 6:00 and 6:30 PM. presenting the artist's boldests works, not usually on display. Visitors can stop at the wine bar, before or after a tour, and view TOM literature and a slideshow.

Adult Taste at Museum Centre Vapriikki


Detail from Tom of Finland, untitled, 1972, ink, gouache, and cut-and-pasted photo on paper. From the series "TV Repair," 1972.

A few critics' picks from ARTFORUM.

The Tom of Finland exhibition at the David Kordansky Gallery is reviewed by Julia Friedman. "Saturated by Western heroic representation that harkens to the Vatican Laocoön sculpture, these works shun that era’s prevailing stereotype of gay effeminacy, instead championing prodigiously vigorous homosexuals pleasuring one another, their expressions glib, their gaze triumphant."

Mike Kuchar's exhibition at Francois Ghebaly Galler is reviewed by Andrew Beran. "Burnished bubble butts beam with unholy light. Cut and uncut, huge, veiny cocks blossom from every angle. Angels and gods, gladiators and cavemen, street hustlers and bodybuilders, S-M beltings and four-way pirate fuckfests are all drawn with the bright hues and hard lines of comic-book superheroes."

More on TOM's Blog


QX GayGaala in Helsinki.

A night of joy, laughter and seriously under the leadership of Maria Sid wearing a Tom of Finland dress!

More on TOM's Blog


TOM House

Finlands Erbe

Schwuler Zeichner Tom of Finland in L.A. Touko Laaksonen war Tom of Finland. Er zeichnete die schwule Subkultur, als sie noch verpönt und verboten war. Ein Besuch in seinem Domizil in L.A.

Willkommen. Das Haus in Echo Park, wo Tom of Finland wohnte (l.), kann besucht werden — Foto: HENNING VON BERG

More on TOM's Blog


Paramount Ranch

Tom at Paramont Ranch 2.

With Artists Space and Eckhaus Latta.

More photos on TOM's Blog

Art News

Oscars As Advocacy:
Pardon Petition Fueled By ‘The Imitation Game’

The story within the story of The Weinstein Company’s Best Picture Oscar nominee The Imitation Game is the reality that soon after Alan Turing helped break the Nazi's Enigma Code that brought an early end to World War II, he was convicted under the UK's anti-gay laws. His sentence was expunged in 2013 after the law was repealed, but the awareness brought on by the movie has helped generate a call to pardon the estimated 49,000 men who also were sentenced.

Now a Change.org petition calling for the pardons is headed to Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street by week's end, Deadline has learned. The petition, which has generated more than 342,000 signatures including from Hollywood heavyweights, will be delivered by Turing’s great niece Rachel Barnes and great nephew Nevil Hunt.

More on TOM's Blog

Art and Queer Culture
Richard Meyer Talks To Daily Xtra About His Book

From Picasso to Susan Sontag to Tom of Finland.

Richard Meyer talks to Daily Xtra about his book, co-authored with Catherine Lord. From the illicit pencil drawings of Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen), to Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein, Art and Queer Culture is a well-crafted examination of queer art.

"We wanted to use the term queer that suggested an ongoing resistance to the norm, however the norm is defined — usually some heterosexual norm," Meyer says.

More on TOM's Blog

Parting Glances

London Fashion Week

Photo by Stuart C. Wilso — Getty Images®

Finlayson's "Fellows" cotton fabric, printed with Tom of Finland images, is being seen where trends are made.

Finlayson's Tom of Finland Collection

Coming In 2017
Finland Welcomes Equal Marriage

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö signed into law a bill
that brings marriage equality to his country.

The move puts Finland in line with its Scandinavian neighbors — all of whom have equal marriage laws. Finland, known for its excellent education system and Tom of Finland’s incredible gay art (incredibly NSFW), lagged behind Norway and Sweden — which legalized equal marriage in 2009 — and Denmark, which introduced same-sex marriage in 2012.

The bill itself has made history, not only for allowing same-sex marriage, but for being the first publicly-backed piece of legislation to make it into law. Finnish citizens can request that parliament review proposals for bills with sufficient public support — 50,000 signatures in support, and lawmakers are obliged to review it. The same-sex marriage bill received 167,000 signatures, or three percent of Finland’s total population.

More on TOM's Blog

Rufskin X Launches
Tom of Finland Collection

Photography by ELLIOTT BROWN JR.

The sexy underwear brand Rufskin is launching a 15-piece collection featuring the artwork by Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland's real name), with designs inspired by his hunky characters.

For Rufskin, it's also a way to pay tribute to its roots: Founders Hubert Pouches and Douglas Coats say Laaksonen’s work played a significant role in the creation their label, which was specifically inspired by his vision of unhibited masculinity.

More on TOM's Blog

Photography by ELLIOTT BROWN JR.

Scenes from the NYC event celebrating the athletic collaboration February 12, 2015.

More photos on TOM's Blog

TJ Wood and Pete Karjalainen at RUFSKIN X
Tom of Finland LA Launch Event
21st February.

Los Angeles also held the west coast launch event on February 21, 2015.

Tom of Finland Curriculum Vitae

Tom of Finland by PATRICK SARFATI

Tom of Finland's (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 8th May 1920 — 7th November 1991) work is in museums such as: The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 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, Turku, Finland; and the Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Selected Group Exhibitions

Public Collections


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