A whopping 11.4 inches! (wide) |
At 11.4 x 15.9 in. and 666 pages, Tom
of Finland XXL contains over 1,000 images, covering
six decades of the artist's career. The work was gathered from collections
across the US and Europe with the help of the Tom of Finland Foundation,
and features many drawings, paintings and sketches never previously
reproduced. Other images have only been seen out of context and
are presented here in the sequential order Tom intended for full
artistic appreciation and erotic impact. This elegant oversized
volume showcases the full range of Tom's talent, from sensitive
portraits to frank sexual pleasure to tender expressions of love
and haunting tributes to young men struck down by AIDS.
In 1998, TASCHEN introduced the world to the masterful art of Touko
Laaksonen with The Art of Pleasure. Prior to that, Laaksonen,
better known as Tom of Finland, enjoyed an intense cult following
in the international gay community but was largely unknown to the
The Art of Pleasure gave Tom well-deserved recognition
and increased his following exponentially; Tom of Finland
XXL will fix him forever in the realm of fine art.
Completing this collector's edition are eight specially commissioned
essays on Tom's social and personal impact by Camille Paglia, John
Waters, Armistead Maupin, Todd Oldham, Durk Dehner and others, plus
a scholarly analysis of individual drawings by art historian Edward
Lucie-Smith. For the man — or woman — who thinks bigger
is better, Tom of Finland XXL is certain to satisfy.
Tom of Finland XXL
Hanson, Dian (ED)
Paglia, Camille / Waters, John
Hardcover, 29 x 40.5 cm (11.4 x 15.9 in.), 666 pages, $200.00
About the editor
Dian Hanson was born in Seattle in 1951. She
has been TASCHEN's sexy book editor since 2001. Prior to that she
worked for 25 years producing various men's magazines. Her many
books for TASCHEN include The Complete Kake Comics, The Big Book
of Breasts, and The Big Penis Book. She lives in Los Angeles.
About the authors
Edward Lucie-Smith was born in 1933 in Kingston,
Jamaica, and schooled at Oxford. He has published over 100 books,
including Sexuality in Western Art and Latin American Art of the
20th Century. He lives in London and travels extensively. Lucie-Smith
received the Tom of Finland Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Armistead Maupin launched his fictive Tales of
the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976, later released
as a six-volume series of novels, three of which were produced as
miniseries for television. He lives in San Francisco.
Todd Oldham's studio is a multifaceted design studio
for film, photography, furniture, interior décor, books,
and even floral arrangements. He lives in New York City and in eastern
Camille Anna Paglia is the author of five books,
including Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily
Dickinson, her groundbreaking analysis of sexual ambiguity in art
and literature. Paglia is University Professor of Humanities and
Media Studies at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, where
she lives. Paglia received the Tom of Finland Foundation Cultural
Icon Award in 2004.
John Waters was born in 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland,
and briefly attended New York University. He made his first film,
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket, in 1964, and has since directed
16 others, including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray,
and Pecker. He lives in Baltimore.
Durk Dehner was instrumental in bringing Tom out
of the underground and focusing public attention on his work. The
two co-founded the Tom of Finland Foundation in 1984 as an archive
for Tom's work and life history. He continues as head of the Foundation,
headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has expanded it to
provide a refuge for all forms of erotic art.
"The scenes of moustachioed men, straining out of their jeans
and into each other, divide people - some think it's crass while
others think it's really rather hot. For those who fall in the later
category, Tom's prodigious output can now be found in one big book
from TASCHEN, the incredibly stylish coffee-table book people, that
covers all six decades of his career...Love him or loathe him, Tom
is forever seared into our gay collective conscious. And here is
a book that proves it."
"We can't wait to add Tom of Finland XXL to our collection,
and we highly recommend you follow suit."
AnthemMagazine.com, Los Angeles
"This volume, tenderly and exhaustively compiled by the President
of the Tom of Finland Foundation, Durk Dehner, is a definitive compilation
of his drawings which spanning almost six decades of work, from
his early sketches that appeared in Physique Pictoral magazine in
the 1940s to his leather-bound, S&M-laced work from the 1980s."
Art Journal, London
"If you thought The Art of Pleasure was HUGE, just wait till
you see XXL! For the collector of male nude art, this is a MUST
HAVE! 15 pounds!"
“Bigger & Better, Buy It!”
Gloss Magazine, San Francisco