News release from World Erotic Art Museum:
TOM OF FINLAND: MALE MASTERWORKS, DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF THE PIONEERING PAINTER OF HOMOEROTIC ART, TO OPEN EXTENSIVE EXHIBIT OF FANTASY DRAWINGS SATURDAY, APRIL 14 THROUGH JULY 31 AT MIAMI BEACH’S WORLD EROTIC ART MUSEUM
MIAMI BEACH---Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen in Kaarina, Finland, who came to be known throughout the international art world for his extraordinary homoerotic drawings depicting men at ease and equally at play, will be the subject of a major exhibit, TOM OF FINLAND: MALE MASTERWORKS, opening Saturday, April 14, at 8 P.M. at Naomi Wilzig’s World Erotic Art Museum.
Art collector Volker Morlock, who has been involved with the Tom of Finland Foundation since 1991, editor of the anthology, “Tom of Finland Retrospective 111,” and consultant for Taschen Publishing on the books “Quaintance” and “Tom of Finland XXL,” will be special guest speaker at the opening night reception. Morlock has curated the exhibit’s original artwork which illustrates the development of Finland’s techniques and subject matter through five decades of his prolific work.
Opening on the weekend of Miami Beach Gay Pride, the exhibit focuses on artwork that greatly influenced gay culture by challenging oppressive stereotypes. By depicting masculine men enjoying their sexuality free of shame, Tom of Finland had as important an effect in global culture as any other 20th Century artists.
Raised in a farm country that was still rough and wild, Finland who came from a family of school teachers and studied art in Helsinki, was drawn to the muscular frontiersmen who became the inspiration for his drawings. It was following his release from the army after World War II that Touko was urged by advertising colleagues to submit his drawings to the American body building magazine, Physique Pictorial. The 1957 cover story of a laughing lumberjack became a sensation establishing his name as “Tom of Finland.”
With his work generating invitations to exhibit in museums and galleries worldwide, in 1984 Finland and friend Durk Dehner founded Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF), lender of drawings and paintings which will also be on view. ToFF was founded as a non-profit educational archive to protect, preserve and promote erotic art and to encourage healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality. Today, following major exhibitions throughout the world, for sheer homoeroticism, the finely detailed body of work of Tom of Finland for which he became famous, will never be surpassed.
The World Erotic Art Museum is located at 1205 Washington Avenue. Open Monday thru Thursday, 11 A.M.-10 P.M.; Friday and Saturday, 11 A.M. to Midnight. Tickets are $15, no one under18 admitted. Further information is available by calling 305-532-9336; or via www.weam.com.
1- TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail), 1989, Color pencil on paper, ToFF #89.17, © 1989 Tom of Finland Foundation
2- TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled , 1965, Graphite on paper, ToFF #65.08, © 1968 Tom of Finland Foundation
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