In 1976 Durk Dehner came across a poster in a Manhattan motorcycle bar. The Canadian-born publisher, filmmaker and businessman was so taken with the picture, he took it down from the wall, and went on to uncover contact details for the artist who created the work: Tom of Finland.
Dehner wrote to Tom, the two met in Los Angeles in 1978, and they went on to found the Tom of Finland Company, and later the nonprofit Tom of Finland Foundation. Dehner continues to preserve and promote Tom’s work. Yet, he has a keen eye for works by other artists, and (fortunately) no longer has to slip posters off bar walls to get to see images he likes.
“In being invited by Artspace to participate in selecting ten works of art that I would choose to have in my home, well at first, I was rather overwhelmed,” he admits. “In the end I selected from a range of works including artist friends, Queer artists, male figurative artists and, of course, Tom of Finland.”
JACK PIERSON · CATHERINE OPIE · MARK BEARD · BRUCE LABRUCE · KEITH HARING · JOSEF HOFFMAN
Published: 11th October 2021Tags: Artspace, Durk Dehner
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