Tom of Finland
My Gay Eye (Mein schwules Auge) - Tom of Finland Foundation Special
My Gay Eye. Tom of Finland Foundation Special.
The Yearbook of Gay Erotica 2018
Edited by Rinaldo Hopf and Axel Schock
400 pages, Thread Binding
This is the 14th year of publishing My Gay Eye. It is both in German and English, making it the first international edition.
The book contains images from over 120 artists and authors from the global queer communities. Its curators have put a focus on bridging two continents and the sister cities of Berlin and Los Angeles.
This issue is a survey of the history, development and influence of the artist Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991) as expressed through homages and critiques. Additionally, the reader gets a glimpse into the enormous wealth of erotic art and culture that has been protected, preserved and promoted by Tom of Finland Foundation since its inception in 1984. The relevance of Tom’s art, and that of hundreds of fellow creators, is explored by artists who participate in the Foundation’s programs, including artist residencies.
This edition will allow an even wider audience to enjoy and support the importance of queer history and culture while they savor the artwork of Peter Berlin to Jim French (Colt Studios), George Quaintance to Rinaldo Hopf, Tom of Finland to Gengoroh Tagame, Rex and The Hun to G.B. Jones and Del LaGrace Volcano, and contemporary artists Stuart Sandford, Florian Hetz, and Slava Mogutin. Readers will enjoy German text contributions by Kevin Clarke to Ralf König and American authors Michael Bullock to Jamison Karon.
Stuart Sandford was born in Sheffield, England but has lived and worked in the USA for the last 10 years. He has exhibited his work widely in galleries and museums internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Centre de la Photographie, Genève. His work has been featured in numerous publications and it appears in many private collections around the world including the Sir Elton John Photography Collection.
GENGOROH TAGAME was born in 1964 and lives in Tokyo. After graduating from Tama University of Art, Tagame worked as an art director while writing manga and prose fiction, contributing illustrations for various magazines. In 1994 he cofounded the epochal G-Men Magazine and by 1996 he was working full-time as an openly gay artist. He is the author of dozens of graphic novels and stories which have been translated into English, French, Italian, and Korean. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries across Europe and America. My Brother’s Husband marks his first all-ages title, and earned him the Japan Media Arts Award for Outstanding Work of Manga from the Agency of Cultural Affairs. In 2018 it received the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition on International Material—Asia.