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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
Tom of Finland Foundation's
"CULTURAL ICON" AWARD
The Tom of Finland Foundation has announced that it will present its 2003 Cultural Icon Award to artist, author, and filmmaker Clive Barker. The award, a sculpture designed by artist Philip Hitchcock, will be presented at the Foundation's annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 11.
The Cultural Icon Award was established in 2001, to honor individuals whose artistic achievements and personal integrity combine to make them role models. The first recipient was Rob Halford, former lead singer for the band Judas Priest, and the first heavy-metal musician to come out as gay.
In explaining the Foundation's choice of Barker for the award, Director and Co-Founder Durk Dehner said,
"The greatness of Clive’s art – both the visual and literary – speaks for itself. What makes him particularly worthy of this award is that, in addition to his talent, he has always been totally open about his sexuality, and has lived his life with dignity. These are the qualities which make him a great role model."
In addition, this year’s Fair will feature an exhibit on the life of Touko Laaksonen, aka erotic artist Tom of Finland (1920-1991), with particular emphasis on his childhood and early adult life in his native Finland. This exhibit was officially dedicated at the Opening of the 2003 New York Erotic Art Fair by the Deputy Consul General of Finland, Jari Sinkari.
9th Annual Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Weekend
NOTE: Images of various works by participating artists are available. Please contact us if you wish to receive them via email or on disk.
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“In those days, a gay man was made to feel nothing but shame about his feelings and his sexuality. I wanted my drawings to counteract that, to show gay men being happy and positive about who they were. Oh, I didn’t sit down to think this all out carefully. But I knew — right from the start — that my men were going to be proud and happy men!" — Tom of Finland