Now you can be just like Museum of Modern Art in New York and own a piece of Touko Laaksonen. In this case: all of it. Taschen has just released the complete Tom of Finland XXL. From the taschen website:[LINK IS VERY NSFW]
“At 29cm x 40.5cm and 666 pages, Tom of Finland XXL contains over 1,000 images, covering six decades of the artist’s career. The work was gathered from collections across the US and Europe with the help of the Tom of Finland Foundation, and features many drawings, paintings and sketches never previously reproduced.”
The book is gigantor – much like some of the, um, body parts on Finland’s illustrations. Whether you like his illustrations for, ahem, utilitarian purposes, or recognize Laaksonen’s work as art, this book is worth a look.
It includes: “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.”
We currently have it on sale at 30% off. That’s $139.99!