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Tom of Finland Biography

Born Touko Laaksonen in Kaarina, Finland, 1956

Died 1991

Selected One–Person Exhibitions

2013“Tom of Finland: Preliminary Drawings,” Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

2012“Tom of Finland,” Kulturhuset, Stockholm
“Tom of Finland: Male Masterworks,” World Erotic Museum, Miami Beach, FL

2011“Tom of Finland: Public and Private,” Antebellum Gallery, Los Angeles
“Tom of Finland, Original Drawings,” PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO
“Tom’s Coming Home! Tom of Finland Retrospective,” Logomo Exhibition Center, Turku, Finland

2009“Tom of Finland,” Schlechtriem Brothers, Berlin

2008Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid

2007Inman Gallery, Houston

2006Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard, Paris
Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
“Rough,” Western Project, Culver City, CA
“Coming of Age,” Charles Cowles Gallery, New York

2005“Tom of Finland,” Galeria Espacio Minimo, Madrid
Tom of Finland,” Maes & Matthys Gallery, Antwerp

2001Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1999James Van Damme Gallery, Brussels
The Adventures of Kake,” Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Most Famous Finn,” Finnish Institute, Paris (retrospective)
Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland (retrospective)
YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto (retrospective)
TBA, Chicago (retrospective)

1997Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Galleri Lars Boman, Stockholm

1995Galerie Emanuel Perrotin, Paris

1994Feature Inc., New York
Schwules Museum, Berlin
Museum des Erotik Kunst, Hamburg
Club Champion, Canberra

1993Gallery Daniel Buchholz, Cologne

1992Galerie Pelin, Helsinki
A Memorial Retrospective,” Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, New York

1991Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
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1989Feature Inc., New York

1988Feature Inc., New York

1987Rob Gallery, Amsterdam

1985 Rob Gallery, Amsterdam

1984Galerie Jansen, Berlin
Andres Ufer, Berlin

1983Rob Gallery, Amsterdam

1982Score Bar, Los Angeles
Rob Gallery, Amsterdam

1982Ambush Bar, San Francisco

1981Rob Gallery, New York
Rob Gallery, Amsterdam

1980Rob Gallery, Amsterdam
Robert Samuel Gallery, New York

1978Rob Gallery, Amsterdam
Feyway Studios, San Francisco
Eons Gallery, Los Angeles

1973The Revolt Press Bookstore, Hamburg

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013“I want that inside me,” Feature Inc., New York
“Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper),” Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
“Rare and Raw,” Leslie + Lohman Museum, New York

2012“Punt,” Feature Inc., New York
“We the People,” Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space, New York, curated by Alison Gingeras and
     Jonathan Horowitz
“Summer Camp,” Schroeder Romero & Shredder, New York
“The Mutable Portrait,” Clifford Chance US LLP, New York; curated by Jacob Robichaux

2011“Happy Holidays! Drawings!” Alex Zachary, New York
“Tom of Finland and Mates,” Galerie Mooi-Man, Groningen, Netherlands
“Comics Stripped,” Museum of Sex, New York
“Never Alone: A Look at Tom and His Friends,” ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles

2010“Tom of Finland and then some,” Feature Inc., New York
The Boneyard,” Maloney Fine Art + Kim Light / Lightbox, Los Angeles
ARCO, Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid
Revealed: The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art,” Central Connecticut State University Art Galleries,
     New Britain, CT

2009“Sex in the Streets,” Erotic Heritage Museum, Las Vegas
“The Collectors,” 53rd International Art Exhibition – Nordic & Danish Pavilions, Venice
Tattoo,” Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York
“Compass in Hand: Selections from the Rothschild Foundation Collection,” Museum of Modern Art, New York;
     IVAM, Valencia, Spain (2010); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2011)

2008Pre–Revolutionary Queer, The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN
“Liverpool Biennial,” Homotopia CUC, UK
“Ma Bête Noire,” Phil, Los Angeles
“Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing,” Museum of Modern Art, New York
“Trade,” Phil, Los Angeles
ARCO, Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid

2006SCOPE, Miami
Portland Museum of Art, OR

2005Art@Large, New York

2004James Kelly Contemporary Museum, Santa Fe

2001The Armory Show, Mark Moore Gallery, New York

2000Whitechapel Gallery, London
“Made in California,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Armory Show, Mark Moore Gallery, New York
10th Anniversary Exhibition,” Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, New York

1999Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1998Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman College, Orange, CA
Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art, New York

1997Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
“Master Drawings,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

Meyerson-Nowinski Gallery, Seattle
Akademie der Kunste, Berlin

1992Casco Gallery, Utrecht, Belgium
Summer group exhibition, Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, New York
Stuart Regen Gallery, Los Angeles

1991Rutgers State University, New Brunswick, NJ
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Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles
National Leather Association Fetish Art Los Angeles
Galerie Mosabaka, Helsinki
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
“Private Collections,” Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, New York
Matrix Gallery, University of California Berkeley

1990Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles
Wessel O'Connor, New York City
Mincher/Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco

1989Matrix Gallery, University of California Berkeley
WIWA International, Cologne
New Museum, New York

1988Leonardo da Vinci Gallery, Los Angeles

1986Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
“Naked Eyes,” International Gay & Lesbian Archives, West Hollywood, CA

1983The Basement, New York

1982I.E.M., Paris

1978Stompers Boot Shop, New York


Tom of Finland: Bikers II, Taschen Verlag

Tom of Finland – Life and Work of a Gay Hero, Bruno Gmünder Verlag

Sata sotakohtaloa, Lamppu Laamanen (chapter on Tom of Finland)

Tom of Finland XXL, Taschen Verlag 

The Comic Collection, Taschen Verlag

Tom of Finland: Ennennäkemätönta — Ünforseen, LIKE Pub Ltd

Art of Pleasure, Taschen Verlag

Tom of Finland, Monograph, Taschen

Dirty Pictures, St. Martins Press

Life and Times of Tom of Finland (French Edition) Gemini

Life and Times of Tom of Finland (German edition), Bruno Gmunder

Life and Times of Tom of Finland (English edition), St. Martins Press

Life and Times of Tom of Finland (Finnish edition), Otava Press

Retrospectives I – III, Tom of Finland Foundation

Video and Film

Tom of Finland, Mies Mikkenen, Turku 2011 Foundation

Daddy and the Muscle Academy, Crystal Eye, Finnish Film Board

Tom's Men, Eros Series, Altomar Video

Boots Biceps & Bulges, Eros Series, Altomar Video

Advocate Men, Advocate Video Series, LPI


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