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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 668 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822826073
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822826072
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.2 x 19 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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

John Waters was born in 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland, and briefly attended New York University. He made his first film, Hag in a Black Leather Jacket, in 1964, and has since directed 16 others, including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, and Pecker. He lives in Baltimore.

Todd Oldham's studio is a multifaceted design studio for film, photography, furniture, interior décor, 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.

Edward Lucie-Smith was born in 1933 in Kingston, Jamaica, and schooled at Oxford. He has published over 100 books, including Sexuality in Western Art and Latin American Art of the 20th Century. He lives in London and travels extensively.

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Stunning art book.
Rogerio Araujo Ferreira
If you want all the extras like the sculpted dust jacket and carrying case buy the 1st edition before it sells out.
William Norton
If you are a fan of Tom of Finland, you already know what to expect.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William Norton on April 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Berkeley Webster on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2009
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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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. A on October 24, 2010
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"Tom of Finland XXL" is the ultimate collection of the world's most iconic gay erotic artist. At nearly 15 pounds, it is a wondrous collection of his work. The book, due to size and weight, should be viewed on a table, bed, or couch due to it's enormous size and weight in order to prevent damage to the binding. Unlike the original printing of "Tom of Finland The Art of Pleasure" (oddly light in weight and the edges of the cheap paper have browned over the last few years), the paper quality and binding of Tom of Finland XXL is top quality. "Tom of Finland XXL" will make a significant contribution to any lover of Tom's work. It is beautiful and quite a bargain at Amazon.com.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rob on January 20, 2011
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it's brilliant, I ordered this for my boyfriend for Christmas and it was the best gift i think Ive ever given, its awesome all the detail that's within the pages, thank god we have a huge coffee table though, they aren't joking when they say how big it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jemolian on January 31, 2011
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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...
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By Mo on May 26, 2014
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Tom of Finland's celebration of gay male sex played a crucial role in the acceptance of homosexual sex for gay men and in the fight for gay rights. This book, through its fantasy-driven and stunning drawings is a proud acknowledge of the joys of gay sex.
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