You can see Tom’s mind and libido rendered through his hand

15th April 2020, 5:46 pm

TOM OF FINLAND Untitled (Preparatory Drawing for Kake Vol. 21 – “Greasy Rider”), 1978, Graphite on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (29.8 x 21.3 cm) Framed: 17 1/4 x 13 7/8 x 1 1/2 inches (43.8 x 35.2 x 3.8 cm) ©1978-2020 Tom of Finland Foundation

 

Los Angeles gallery owner David Kordansky, who represents the work of Tom of Finland, has become a clarion voice in promoting a wider appreciation of Tom’s oeuvre. “The work has not yet been subjected to the kind of criticality and scholarship that it merits. It’s so much more than a garnish for West Hollywood coffee tables,” he insists. “There’s a politic involved, and it’s pretty fucking radical.” Kordansky is particularly eloquent on the subject of Tom’s preparatory drawings: “They are the central station of his desire and the arena in which he exercised his imagination. You can see Tom’s mind and libido rendered through his hand.”

Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles, 2016, Published by Rizzoli

YOU CAN FIND THIS WORK AND THE BOOK IN THE ONLINE PRESENTATION TOM OF FINLAND: 100 YEARS


“TOM OF FINLAND: 100 Years” ONLINE

14th Apr 2020 – 12th May 2020 @ All Day –             Over the course of his career, Tom’s work reflected societal changes as they appeared in fashion, commercial design, technology, and architecture. Because of the concentrated and consistent  nature of his project, the peripheral variations that creep in become telling indicators of the ways in which the world was changing […]

 

Published: 15th April 2020

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