Brooke Wise curates a group show for Frieze LA week celebrating Tom of Finland’s centennial year

1st February 2020, 10:52 am

Marc Ransdell-Bellenger and Brooke Wise

Brooke Wise is an independent curator based in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. Originally from Montreal, QC, Wise curates for galleries internationally and produces a yearly film festival called Aloha from Hell. Recent projects include, Aloha From Hell 3 (partnered with Comedy Central and Sexy Beast for Planned Parenthood), Vista Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (2019), A Cat’s Meow, Shrine and Sargent’s Daughters, NYC (2019), and King Dogs Never Grow Old, Diane Rosentein Gallery, LA, (2020).

Tom of Finland is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists for his groundbreaking representation of the male figure. In his youth Tom trained at an advertising school, but what he would come to call his “dirty drawings,” which he first began developing as a teenager, were the true focus of his attention, both during this formative period and throughout the entirety of his life. These masterful renderings of virile men engrossed in acts of homoerotic desire can be approached along several interpretive lines––art historical, social, technical––but each of them points to the revolutionary nature of his project. Tom gave form to an imaginative universe that in turn helped fuel real-world liberation movements and enabled gay men to access their strength in new ways. The work of a master draftsman, whose passion for both his medium and his subject matter enabled him to become a powerful cultural force, Tom’s drawings reaffirm the centrality of sexuality, joy, and the body in all areas of human endeavor.


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