Tom of Finland: Made in Germany
30cm x 25cm. 196 pages, colour illustrations. Illustrated papered board.
“Tom of Finland has became the most famous and influential Finnish artist of the 20th century. Born Touko Laaksonen in 1920, his iconic depiction of self-confident and life-affirming gayness gave decisive impulses to the international gay movements from the 1960s onwards. But although we clearly associate his portrayals of sensual and powerful cowboys, farm hands, soldiers and leathermen with the USA, Tom of Finland’s rise to gay icon received the game-changing impetus neither in his native Finland nor in the USA. It was, of all places, the city of Hamburg and Tom’s friendship with key exponents of the local gay scene in the early 1970s that helped him to his first exhibition ever.
A spectacular book showing the life and work of the Finnish icon from an unknown perspective with around 150 illustrations and well researched texts.” (publisher’s blurb)
. New Book.