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In 1998, TASCHEN introduced the world to the masterful art of Touko Laaksonen with The Art of Pleasure. Prior to that, Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, enjoyed an intense cult in the international gay community but was largely unknown to the broader audience. The Art of Pleasure gave Tom well-deserved recognition and increased his following exponentially; Tom of In 1998, TASCHEN introduced the world to the masterful art of Touko Laaksonen with The Art of Pleasure. Prior to that, Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, enjoyed an intense cult in the international gay community but was largely unknown to the broader audience. The Art of Pleasure gave Tom well-deserved recognition and increased his following exponentially; Tom of Finland XXL will fix him forever in the realm of fine art. With Tom of Finland XXL contains nearly 1000 images, covering 6 decades of the artist's career. The work was gathered from all known collections across the world with the help of the Tom of Finland Foundation and features many drawings, paintings that have never been reproduced in any book. Completing this collector's edition are eight specially-commissioned essays on Tom's social and personal impact by Camille Paglia, John Waters, Armistead Maupin, Todd Oldham, and others, plus a scholarly analysis of individual drawings by art historian Edward Lucie-Smith.


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In 1998, TASCHEN introduced the world to the masterful art of Touko Laaksonen with The Art of Pleasure. Prior to that, Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, enjoyed an intense cult in the international gay community but was largely unknown to the broader audience. The Art of Pleasure gave Tom well-deserved recognition and increased his following exponentially; Tom of In 1998, TASCHEN introduced the world to the masterful art of Touko Laaksonen with The Art of Pleasure. Prior to that, Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, enjoyed an intense cult in the international gay community but was largely unknown to the broader audience. The Art of Pleasure gave Tom well-deserved recognition and increased his following exponentially; Tom of Finland XXL will fix him forever in the realm of fine art. With Tom of Finland XXL contains nearly 1000 images, covering 6 decades of the artist's career. The work was gathered from all known collections across the world with the help of the Tom of Finland Foundation and features many drawings, paintings that have never been reproduced in any book. Completing this collector's edition are eight specially-commissioned essays on Tom's social and personal impact by Camille Paglia, John Waters, Armistead Maupin, Todd Oldham, and others, plus a scholarly analysis of individual drawings by art historian Edward Lucie-Smith.

30 review for Tom of Finland XXL

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Andreu

    Genial recopilación de la obra de Tom of Finland que a través de los textos de diversas personalidades (entre ellos John Waters) y los análisis de sus dibujos consigue hacer justicia al dejar claro que no era solo un artista de dibujos pornográficos, sino que TAMBIÉN era un ser humano con mucho que contar. La edición es una maravilla, pero no he leído en mi vida un libro menos práctico. Estar al borde de la muerte cada noche porque al cogerlo se me puede resbalar y sepultarme... es una tensión de Genial recopilación de la obra de Tom of Finland que a través de los textos de diversas personalidades (entre ellos John Waters) y los análisis de sus dibujos consigue hacer justicia al dejar claro que no era solo un artista de dibujos pornográficos, sino que TAMBIÉN era un ser humano con mucho que contar. La edición es una maravilla, pero no he leído en mi vida un libro menos práctico. Estar al borde de la muerte cada noche porque al cogerlo se me puede resbalar y sepultarme... es una tensión demasiado grande.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wesley McCraw

    A very impressive, very reasonably priced book that opened my eyes to the true talent and passion of Tom of Finland.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julene

    What a phenomenal collection of Tom's work with multi-language translations for each section. Very pleased they decided to start printing this book again, a must-have for any ToF fan. What a phenomenal collection of Tom's work with multi-language translations for each section. Very pleased they decided to start printing this book again, a must-have for any ToF fan.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Grady

    Tuoko Laaksonen honored in the realm of fine art - Finally! Tuoko Laaksonen (1920 - 1991) may have enjoyed worldwide fame as Tom of Finland during his lifetime, his fame due largely to an extensive following of those who praised his courage to paint and draw what he wanted to paint and draw rather than keeping his talent for figurative work in the dark corners of only certain bookstores. Now, thanks in large part to this very fine tome edited by Dian Hanson, the general public can appreciate the Tuoko Laaksonen honored in the realm of fine art - Finally! Tuoko Laaksonen (1920 - 1991) may have enjoyed worldwide fame as Tom of Finland during his lifetime, his fame due largely to an extensive following of those who praised his courage to paint and draw what he wanted to paint and draw rather than keeping his talent for figurative work in the dark corners of only certain bookstores. Now, thanks in large part to this very fine tome edited by Dian Hanson, the general public can appreciate the fact that not only did he appeal to a specific audience; he can now be seen as an exceptionally gifted draughtsman and artist. Laaksonen/Tom of Finland restricted his output to figurative works that highlighted massively macho males in all manner of situations. While his work is erotically charged it always retains a brilliant sense of humor and parody: he celebrated his audience by saying it is not only OK to enjoy these works, it is also OK to see the humor in the distortion of fantasies. Many of these works in this exhaustive volume are well known, having been reproduced many times in literature and in galleries, but for the connoisseur there are unpublished works here, many of which show a more tender side to the artist. Hanson has the good idea of presenting these works of art in chronological order - another way of examining public acceptance of the artist's works - and the chapters covering sixty years of his output are arranged by decades, the Forties through the Eighties. Another fortunate aspect of this massive book is the decision to include essays and commentaries by such important writers as Edward Lucie-Smith, Armistead Maupin, John Waters, Todd Oldham and Camille Paglia. This is a long awaited volume that places an underground artist in the same echelon with other contemporary figurative painters. It is a beautifully produced, edited, written and illustrated homage to an artist who is now recognized for his talent not only as an artist, but also as a spokesman for human rights! Grady Harp

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    I already have a book of his art at home, so I didn't hesitate to want to see this one! I have been an avid reader of his work for a good while now, and this book is a real treat for any Tom of Finland fan. I like the way he draws, and his subject matter as it ranges from the serious to the comical most of the time. Bondage play features a great deal in his art, as does the funnier aspects of gay life. from threesomes, to hugging and kissing and everything in between, his stuff is detailed, and I already have a book of his art at home, so I didn't hesitate to want to see this one! I have been an avid reader of his work for a good while now, and this book is a real treat for any Tom of Finland fan. I like the way he draws, and his subject matter as it ranges from the serious to the comical most of the time. Bondage play features a great deal in his art, as does the funnier aspects of gay life. from threesomes, to hugging and kissing and everything in between, his stuff is detailed, and has a good deal of tonality to it, and realism, which is great when dealing with man pecs and bulging biceps.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pete Wagner

    When we discovered one of the tiny Tom of Finland booklets in the 1980s, we thought it was hilarious because it was such a taboo-buster for the times, and amazing for the unusual artistic vision it entailed. Definitely glad there is a volume that immortalizes these works, which could easily have been lost forever to the dustbin of history had the GLBTetc movement not gained steam as it did and made these kinds of cultural contributions something that are possible to access and consider the meani When we discovered one of the tiny Tom of Finland booklets in the 1980s, we thought it was hilarious because it was such a taboo-buster for the times, and amazing for the unusual artistic vision it entailed. Definitely glad there is a volume that immortalizes these works, which could easily have been lost forever to the dustbin of history had the GLBTetc movement not gained steam as it did and made these kinds of cultural contributions something that are possible to access and consider the meanings of.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sergio Caredda

    Grande Libro Per tutti gli appassionati di Tom of Finland, impossibile lasciarsi scappare l'occasione di acquistare quest'opera che far� un ottima figura nella vostra libreria. Gli autori analizzano la vita e l'opera di Tom of Finland, e di come ha contribuito alla creazione dell'immaginario erotico e sessuale gay (ma non solo) e come ha anche contribuito con quella sua sfacciata evidenza, a contribuire all'uscita dal closet di cos� tante persone. Il formato � eccezionale, e l'edizione ipercurat Grande Libro Per tutti gli appassionati di Tom of Finland, impossibile lasciarsi scappare l'occasione di acquistare quest'opera che far� un ottima figura nella vostra libreria. Gli autori analizzano la vita e l'opera di Tom of Finland, e di come ha contribuito alla creazione dell'immaginario erotico e sessuale gay (ma non solo) e come ha anche contribuito con quella sua sfacciata evidenza, a contribuire all'uscita dal closet di cos� tante persone. Il formato � eccezionale, e l'edizione ipercurata come al solito solo Taschen sa fare. Con un solo problema... � difficile da nascondere;-)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Francis Cuncich

    ~ As much fun to peruse as read ~

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wesley Brookshear

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