14th April 2020, 12:00 am

Date(s) - 14th Apr 2020 - 12th May 2020
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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 over the decades. For all of his many influential qualities, Tom was above all responsive: to his own desires, to the relationships and bodies he observed, and to his materials.

TOM OF FINLAND Untitled (Preparatory drawing), 1989, Graphite on paper, 11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm), framed: 16 1/2 x 14 x 1 1/2 inches (41.9 x 35.6 x 3.8 cm)

This exhibition celebrates the centennial of the artist’s birth. Featuring never-before-exhibited drawings in pencil and pen and ink, as well as Tom’s personal collages.


Providing viewers with unique opportunities to observe the scope of Tom’s working methodology online

Tom of Finland: 100 Years, presented by David Kordansky Gallery, provides viewers with unique opportunities to observe the scope of Tom’s working methodology. Exquisitely rendered pencil drawings like the rare Untitled (Cover for Kake Vol. 15 – “Violent Visitor”) (1971) reveal the virtuoso qualities of the hand that generated some of his most immediately recognizable scenes…. View Article

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

  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… View Article

People use the term iconic a lot but there are a few figures who truly embody it

  Tom of Finland, the artist born Touko Laaksonen, is certainly one. Over the span of his career he created works that influenced not only generations of queer artists that would follow him, but also popular culture. His work, in part, helped to set the visual blueprint for the leather community which still reveres him… View Article

Published: 14th April 2020

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