“AllTogether” | Kenneth Anger, Jim French/Lüger, Marcel Alcalá, Matt Lambert, and Michael Reynolds & Martyn Thompson

22nd June 2022, 4:00 pm

 

 

AllTogether features artists from the Tom of Finland Foundation collections.

 

KENNETH ANGER (B. 1927, American)
Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemyer) is a pioneer of avant-garde film and video art, actor, and cult author. His iconic short films are characterized by a mystical-symbolic visual language and phantasmagorical-sensual opulence that underscores the medium’s transgressive potential. Anger’s work fundamentally shaped the aesthetics of 1960s and 1970s subcultures, the visual lexicon of pop and music videos, and queer iconography. Anger lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

JIM FRENCH / LÜGER (B. 1932 D. 2017, American)
Jim French was an artist, illustrator, photographer, filmmaker, and publisher. In 1966 under the business name Lüger, French published several series of erotic drawings of the male figure. He has also produced work under the names Rip Colt and Arion and is best known for his association with Colt Studio, which he, with business partner Lou Thomas, created in late 1967. Thomas parted from the endeavor in 1974, leaving French to continue to build what would become one of the most successful gay male erotica companies in the U.S.A. French was inducted into the Tom of Finland Foundation’s Artist Hall of Fame shortly after his death in 2017.

MARCEL ALCALÁ (B. 1990, Mexican-American)
Marcel Alcalá is a multidisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, sculpture, and performance. Alcalá’s work finds personal expression in exuberant cultural and aesthetic intersections. Alcalá is directly influenced and responds to their lived experience as a queer artist of Mexican American heritage growing up in Southern California. In 2020, they were an Artist-in-Residence at Tom of Finland Foundation. Alcalá lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

MATT LAMBERT (B. 1982, American)
Matt Lambert is an acclaimed filmmaker, visual artist, photographer, and cofounder of queer, XXX content-studio called Vitium, whose gripping, sensual work across narrative film, experimental documentary, music, video, fashion, and porn fuses the worlds to tell stories of queer intimacy. In 2019, Lambert contributed many of his photographs to The Body Is An Instrument benefit  exhibition at Tom of Finland Foundation. Pleasure Park (2019) is an artifact from the film of the same name, shot at Tom of Finland Foundation. Matt Lambert lives and works in Berlin.

“For me it’s about dismantling this fear, desire and curiosity of heteronormative codes in order to remove their power — to understand and eroticise them.” – ML

MICHAEL REYNOLDS (American)
Michael Reynolds is a creative director, working as an editorial stylist, exhibition and set designer, advertising director, curator, visual brand consultant, and book editor. Today, he serves as Wallpaper‘s U.S. director and is Editor-at-Large of Architectural Digest. Reynolds is the co-author of TOM House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles (published by Rizzoli, 2016), an immersive glimpse into the private, domestic world of Tom of Finland. Reynolds lives and works in New York, NY.

MARTYN THOMPSON (B. 1961, Briton)
Martyn Thompson is a photographer based in New York City who specializes in still life, interior, beauty, accessory, fashion, and travel photography. He collaborated with Michael Reynolds as the photographer for the book TOM House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles (published by Rizzoli, 2016), an immersive glimpse into the private, domestic world of Tom of Finland.


AllTogether

About the Exhibition Artists Venice Paris Catalogue Press About the Exhibition On the occasion of Tom of Finland’s birthday (8th May), Tom of Finland Foundation and The Community have curated a group exhibition, supported by Diesel, presenting Tom of Finland Foundation’s permanent collection. AllTogether explores the erotic art collection consisting of thousands of artworks, spanning… View Article
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AllTogether catalogue

    The AllTogether exhibition catalogue includes a preface by co-curator Sini Rinne-Kanto entitled “How to survive in the memory? Writing down stories from the largest erotic art collection in the world”; an essay by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou on the history of erotic art entitled “Tom of Finland Foundation, a safe house for… View Article
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The exhibition tells the individual stories of the artists. At the same time, the exhibition locates parallels, interactions, and influences between Tom of Finland Foundation, Tom’s aesthetic impact, and the community of artists that have formed throughout the years around them…View

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Published: 22nd June 2022

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