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Tom Of Finland XXL (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 25. Februar 2009

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This title presents the complete life and work of the artist Tom of Finland. 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 following 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 dimensions of 29 by 40.5cm and 704 pages, "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 US and Europe with the help of the Tom of Finland Foundation and features many drawings, paintings and preparatory sketches that have never been reproduced in any book. Other images have only been seen out of context and will be presented here in the sequential order Tom intended for full artistic appreciation and erotic impact.

This elegant oversized volume will showcase the full range of Tom's talent, from sensitive portraits to frank sexual pleasure to tender expressions of love to Tom's haunting tributes to young men struck down by the AIDS epidemic. 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. For the man - or woman - who thinks bigger is better, "Tom of Finland XXL" is certain to satisfy.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Camille Paglia is the author of six books, including her groundbreaking analysis of sexual ambiguity in art and literature, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson. Paglia is University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, where she lives.

Todd Oldham's studio is a multifaceted design studio for film, photography, furniture, interior decor, books, and even floral arrangements. He lives in New York City and in eastern Pennsylvania.

Armistead Maupin launched his fictive Tales of the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976, later released as a six-volume series of novels, three of which were produced as miniseries for television. He lives in San Francisco.

Alexander de Cadenet is a published poet and his artworks are exhibited and collected internationally. He resides in London. Edward Lucie-Smith is an internationally known art critic and historian, also a published poet and a practicing photographer.

Dian Hanson produced a variety of men s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker, and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN s Sexy Book editor. Her 60+ books for TASCHEN include The Art of Pin-up and Psychedelic Sex. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Das ist mal wirklich ein XXL -Buch!
Zugegeben, bei dem Preis habe ich erstmal die vielzitierte "Nacht 'drüber schlafen" müssen.
Aber als das Buch heute ankam war ich überwältigt!
Mit viel Liebe zum Detail hat man diesem großartigen Künstler nun endlich ein Denkmal in Buchform geschaffen, und er hat es wahrlich verdient! Fast einen halben Meter hoch und über 30 cm breit - zugeklappt! - enthält es wunderbare, perfekte Drucke und gibt eine tolle Übersicht über sein Gesamtkunstwerk.
Der Einband ist mit einem Schutzumschlag in geprägtem, schwerem Papier bester Qualität versehen! Das Ganze wird geliefert in einem in Schrumpf -Folie eingeschweißtem, passendem wiederverschließbaren sehr stabilem Karton -Schuber mit Tragegriff und ist ebenfalls großformatig mit einem von Tom's Zeichnungen bedruckt und betitelt. Einfach wunderschön!
Ich habe das Gefühl sämtliche Werke einer soeben besuchten großen Ausstellung nach Hause gebracht zu haben.
Dieses Buch ist sein Geld wirklich wert! Ich würde es sofort ohne zu zögern wieder kaufen.
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30 von 31 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally a book big enough enough to answer all the complaints about earlier collections!!! 3. April 2009
Von William Norton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I have a majority of the earlier TOF collections. The most universal complaint has always been "Its too small", with the exception of the 1st printing of the "Art of Pleasure" this was the subjective case.

Now the largest collection ever has been printed in the largest format ever. Pardon the cliche, but if you must buy one TOF collection, this would be the one. True to the liner notes, it contains many never published works as well as lager repros of well known works. Paper quality and binding are above average.

When you receive your book you will get it shrink wrapped in a stylish cardboard case, with artwork on the outside of the case itself. Also of note the illustration on the dust jacket is raised and textured to match the musculature of the figure, a nice plus. Amazon has the best pricing on this. I was in a retail outlet the other day and saw the same book for $200.

The price is hefty, but once you receive your copy you can see that it is well worth it.

On a final note, based on my experience, these over-sized editions tend to get downsized and cheapened on the second printing. If you want all the extras like the sculpted dust jacket and carrying case buy the 1st edition before it sells out.
14 von 15 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hefty Big Book... 31. Januar 2011
Von Jemolian - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
It's rather entertaining to look through all the drawings and text from the book that i didn't expect to be that huge and hefty... while it was heavy, it came with a specialized box with the exact same cover which makes it a very good collection...
8 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Tuoko Laaksonen honored in the realm of fine art - Finally! 22. November 2009
Von Grady Harp - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
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, November 09
33 von 45 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
3.0 von 5 Sternen Coulda been a contender 30. April 2009
Von Berkeley Webster - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
As I've shared with the editor(and the Foundation, who obviously had some yea/nay approval), this should have been(and at such a price), the definitive edition of the work - start to finish. Instead, the editor's preference for 'white space,' and a 'look how clever I am' design style, sadly dimishes the overall effect. Rather than a specific, h-core, chronical of Tom's life & times, it's instead a thoughtless disrepect (and regard) for the viewer; re-publishing material already in the Tashen catalog, while some images, rare & obscure, are reproduced as postage stamps. Tashen is richer for my purchase, perhaps you may want to rethink yours.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow 5. Januar 2013
Von John Henry Haggard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This anthology of the work of Tom Of Finland comes highly recommended by me. I was thrilled to add this volume to my collection of his work. It is by no means absolutely comprehensive, but it offers a stunning array of illustrations of his work. My praise for this book cannot be high enough, it is not only thrilling, but enlightening, and educating in many ways.
If you're familiar at all with the work of Tom of Finland, You want this book in your collection, even if you are not familiar with the work of Tom of Finland, You want to add this book to your collection. A stunning display of gay erotic art, but also a vital part of the great gay tableau of history.
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