The exhibition of 26 drawings includes a range of media, including pencil, pen, ink, marker, and gouache. Together, these pictures demonstrate the breadth of graphic production key to Tom of Finland’s creative output throughout his lifetime.
Tom radically hijacked traditional masculine roles; throughout the show, his emboldened cowboys, sailors, and bikers engage in couplings at turns boisterous, erotic, idyllic, and tender. Throughout his body of work, Tom gave legendary form to an imaginative universe that helped fuel real-world liberation movements and enabled gay men to have agency over their sexuality in new ways.
The show had an in person opening, though under Covid restrictions, more a series of private openings. It’s progress.
In person: David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm through May 1 by reservation.
Virtual tour: Right now
Published: 26th March 2021Tags: #TomOfFinland101, David Kordansky Gallery, Michael Goff, Pen and Ink 1965 – 1989, Towleroad