Earlier this month Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) presented their 26th Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival – Tom of Finland 101: Raw Anatomy both in-person at Second Home in Los Angeles, and virtually. The Online Viewing Room, featuring the work of over one hundred artists, continues until March 24th.
ToFF’s annual festival brings together artists and patrons from all over the globe in a social environment where they can network as well as buy and sell works. Art installations, performances, DJs, and presentations occurred in select “pods”, while the gallery presentations included Edward Cella Art + Architecture, PHIL, Rubén Esparza Projects, Simon Haas and QuTies, Miguel Angel Reyes, Lethal Amounts and Rick Castro’s Torture Garden. The Tom of Finland 2021 Christmas ornament was offered by Tom of Finland Store which was manned by brand ambassador—real-life Tom of Finland hunk—Terry Miller.
Consul General of Finland in Los Angeles Okko-Pekka Salmimies opened the Tom of Finland Foundation 2021 Awards ceremony on Sunday December 5th, which saw musician and artist Martín Sorrondeguy inducted into the Tom of Finland Foundation Artist Hall of Fame by Danny Fuentes, a 2019 Tom of Finland Foundation Achievement Award recipient. Suzanne Shifflett was given a 2021 Tom of Finland Foundation Achievement Award presented to her by Christopher Harrity, who received a 2019 Tom of Finland Foundation Inspiration Award. The Tom of Finland Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Lloyd L. Clayton, former Executive Director of the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, by Tom of Finland Foundation Board of Directors member Graylin Thorton.
“Tom of Finland Foundation is honored to have the opportunity to recognize these influential individuals who have, and continue to shape the world in which we live”, ToFF Vice President S.R. Sharp said in closing the Awards. “Thank you for your tireless work to make and support art, and for challenging the status quo. We look forward to seeing what great things you accomplish next.”
The 26th Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival Tom of Finland 101: Raw Anatomy Online Viewing Room is open virtually until 24th March 2022.
Published: 19th December 2021Tags: The Queer Review, ToF Art Fair 2021