Hilarious exploration of gayness in our prized modern institutionsLARRY
As posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:All gay men should know who Tom of Finland is. You're bound to see a picture or two in gay bookstores, bars and galleries. If you're not familiar with Tom, then you need to get out more often! I found *Dirty Pictures* not just fascinating with these wonderful and eye-catching pictures but educational with Tom of Finland's background and his intentions/purposes behind each pictures. It's amazing how having a network with friends can lead one to be legendary, if you could call it that. Prior to meeting Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorne, Tom of Finland's works were just considered pornographic. Over time, that gradually changed. I wished this book contained all of Tom's pictures, along with a background for each of them. However, with what knowledge that I've learned here, I cannot wait to see the other works of Tom's and do my own analyses. That's the fun part.Lynsie
Great if you just want Tom of Finland pictures, ok if you want to actually read it.Mary
An academic book about Tom of Finland? TOTALLY! This was a great read with lots of hottt pictures. Looking at race, class, gender and sexuality in Tom's work and the context it was created in, and how gay culture was shaped by Tom's rich fantasy world that he so vividly captured in his art...he once said that he only knew a drawing was successful if he had to pause in the middle of drawing it because he became too aroused. I loved learning more about Tom's background and the ascent of his work, particularly how it was embedded in the international gay culture that he participated in and helped to create. The book argues that perhaps his work is more powerful when considered as pornography rather than fine art and serves a function in creating visibility and identity within a particular gay male subculture...perhaps some of that is lost when his work is in museums...at the same time the validation is important in making the world more accepting of gay sex...I love thinking about these questions of assimilation versus the power of maintaining a radical existence on the fringes that pushes the mainstream, and this book ably feeds those thoughts.