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Skira

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Hardcover, 9.5 x 11.5 in. / 176 pgs / 150 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2021 p. 8   

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ISBN 9788857244259 TRADE
List Price: $39.95 CDN $55.95

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Tom of Finland: Made in Germany

Edited by Juerg Judin, Pay Matthis Karstens, Alice Delage. Conversations with Durk Dehner, Michael P. Hartlebe.

Tom of Finland: Made in Germany

A new perspective on Tom of Finland, documenting his formative years in 1970s Hamburg

Although Tom of Finland’s iconic portrayals of sensual and powerful cowboys, farm hands, soldiers and leathermen are closely associated with American culture, it was in early 1970s Hamburg that the artist first found fame. There he formed important friendships with various protagonists of the city’s gay culture; his first ever exhibition was in Hamburg; and he even created a grand mural for the legendary Tom’s Bar, which remains the only bar legitimately named after the artist. Regular commissions to design posters and ads for gay events in Hamburg allowed him to quit his day job as advertising executive and launch his artistic career, which led to the creation of the most extensive private collection of his drawings to date.

This comprehensive publication delves into these seminal but under-researched years, documenting Tom of Finland’s art and friendships from this time. Alongside around 150 illustrations and well researched texts, the book includes a facsimile of the artist’s 1955 travel diary in Germany.

Touko Valio Laaksonen (1920–91), best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland, is the most famous and influential Finnish artist of the 20th century. His depictions of self-confident and life-affirming sexuality have helped define gay iconography in the postwar era.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Tom of Finland: Made in Germany.'

Tom of Finland: Made in Germany

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/12/2021

Gay Pride Gold in 'Tom of Finland: Made in Germany'

Gay Pride Gold in 'Tom of Finland: Made in Germany'

“Hamburg Ahoi!” (1980) is reproduced from Tom of Finland: Made in Germany, Skira’s eye-popping 176-page compendium of early drawings by the legendary creator of some of the most iconic homoerotic images, worldwide, of all time—who spent several formative years in 1970s Hamburg en route from his eponymous birthplace to the more sexually-liberated climes of Los Angeles. Featuring 150 extremely graphic illustrations—this one being the proverbial tip of the iceberg—alongside highly researched texts and a facsimile of a 1955 travel diary from the artist’s earlier trip to Germany, this is a book that neatly straddles high art, scholarship and historic gay pornography. continue to blog


TOM OF FINLAND MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Tom of Finland: An Imaginary Sketchbook

TOM OF FINLAND: AN IMAGINARY SKETCHBOOK

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857246512
USD $39.95
| CAN $52.95

Pub Date: 8/30/2022
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Tom of Finland: Made in Germany

TOM OF FINLAND: MADE IN GERMANY

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857244259
USD $39.95
| CAN $55.95

Pub Date: 12/22/2020
Active | Out of stock