Dirty Pictures by Micha Ramakers
Tom of Finland, Masculinity, and Homosexuality

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In this groundbreaking study of the art of Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991), better known as Tom of Finland, Micha Ramakers explores the incredible and defining impact Tom's work has had upon the culture at large. It is work whose erotic and emotional power remains unabated to this day. Lavishly illustrated with drawings and photographs, Dirty Pictures is a lively and entertaining book encompassing the rise of the gay movement, the world of fine art, and the function (and the functioning) of pornography. For the millions of fans of Tom's work throughout the world, as well as readers unfamiliar with his work, this study brings uncommon insight into Tom of Finland's decidedly uncommon work.

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Micha Ramakers is an art historian and author of the introduction to The Art of Tom of Finland (Taschen, 1998). He lives in Belgium.
Published October 1, 1997 by Cassell. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Gay & Lesbian, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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More than the work of any other gay erotic artist, Tom of Finland's images of overdeveloped butch bikers, loggers and military men engaging in explicitly sexual activity helped define a gay aesthetic that has influenced such mainstream artists as Robert Mapplethorpe and Bruce Weber, as well as se...

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