TOM OF FINLAND – The complete reprint of Physique Pictorial 1951-1990

950,00 kr.

“Tom’s Men: all bulging pectorals, washboard abs, and chiseled jawlines, scantily clad in uniforms or tight leather and jeans—formed archetypal images of gay culture throughout the latter half of the 20th century. From their origins as pictures passed between friends and lovers to their status today as a homoerotic lingua franca, Tom of Finland’s drawings portray a radical vision for their time: a world not simply normalizing but celebrating the trappings of gay desire and masculine fantasy”. Touko Laaksonen became Tom of Finland in 1957; the artist’s drawings had until then remained private material exchanged between friends as he worked by day at the advertising firm McCann Helsinki. At the encouragement of his small Helsinki audience, Laaksonen submitted artwork to photographer Bob Mizer’s Los Angeles-based Physique Pictorial in 1956. Pamphlet-style publications cheap to print and easy to hide—so-called “physique mags”—legally circulated homoerotic imagery under the watchful eyes of censors in postwar America. Mizer ran Physique Pictorial from his LA home, featuring local photography, painting, and drawing. Upon seeing Laaksonen’s submission, Mizer knew the artist’s smiling, sometimes-clothed heroes would make perfect content. For clarity and marketing’s sake, Mizer added “of Finland” to Laaksonen’s normal “Tom” signature; much to the artist’s chagrin, the name stuck. “At the time [before World War II], a gay man was made to feel nothing but shame about his feelings and his sexuality. I wanted my drawings to counteract that, to show gay men being happy and positive about who they were… I knew—right from the start—that my men were going to be proud and happy men!” —Tom of Finland

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Valio Laaksonen (1920-1991)

Bob Mizer, Bob and Wayne E. Stanley (ed.):

The complete reprint of Physique Pictorial 1951-1990 in three volumes (I, II and III). Cologne: Taschen , 1997. 3 volumes complete in original pink slipcase. 2592 pages in all, illustrated throughout. Only wear to box (please see photo gallery), else a very good well preserved set. Please note extra shipping may apply and please inquire before ordering this item

TOM OF FINLAND - The complete reprint of Physique Pictorial 1951-1990

950,00 kr.

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