TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled, 1979, Graphite on paper, © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation
NOW REPRESENTING THE TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
cultureEDIT is honored to announce commercial representation for The Tom of Finland Foundation, providing strategic management and creative direction for all commercial and licensing activities.
Tuoko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, is the creator of some of the most iconic and readily recognizable imagery of post-war gay culture. He produced thousands of images beginning in the 1940s, robbing straight homophobic culture of its most virile and masculine archetypes (bikers, hoodlums, lumberjacks, cops, cowboys, and sailors) and recasting them - through deft skill and fantastic imagination - unapologetic, self-aware, and boastfully proud enthusiasts of gay sex.
In 1984, the non-profit Tom of Finland Foundation was established by Durk Dehner and Touko Laaksonen. As Tom had established worldwide recognition as the master of homo-erotic art, the Foundation's original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work. Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response. Today the Foundation continues in its efforts of educating the public as to the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.
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