It’s Tom of Finland: bigger, longer and uncut.

New York’s Artists Space has put together the most comprehensive collection of gay erotic art from the master of the form himself, Tom of Finland. The exhibit includes the Finnish artist’s raunchiest drawings — gleeful depictions of hyper-masculine men in fetish gear playing with each other’s throbbing cocks — as well as collages of images that served as Tom of Finland’s source material and visual inspiration.

Besides exhibiting the world’s largest collection of kinky, gay art, Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play also highlights Tom’s more-conservative creative background as a senior art director at the Helsinki office of the global ad firm McCann Erickson, famous for their family-friendly Coca-Cola ads.

“He was a Don Draper,” Artists Space executive director and curator Stefan Kalmár told ArtNet. “In the daytime he projected the suburban ideal of the happy family, while at night he was doing the opposite.”

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According to Kalmár, the Artists Space exhibition will display 180 Tom of Finland original drawings, as well as over 300 collages, some of which had never been seen by the public. Tom created these collages using images from mainstream publications and advertisements, as well as underground magazines and posters from the era. Think of them as Tom’s printed Tumblr.

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Finally it seems that the kinky work of Tom of Finland is being appreciated by mainstream art world. In 2014 the provocateur had a show at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Earlier that year, Tom’s home country, Finland, released a series of NSFW postal stamps depicting the artist’s “proud homoeroticism.” And this year, we’re expecting a sexy indie film about how Tom’s sexuality influenced his steamy artwork.

Check out some of our favorite Tom of Finland originals on display in New York’s Artists Space exhibition. And if you want to take Tom home, Los Angeles-based art shop The Posters is selling a limited-run of museum-quality 30×24″ prints of Tom’s first published drawing for $55, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to Inner-City Arts, an art education program in Downtown L.A.

Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play runs through August 23, 2015. 

 

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