Unlike many of his friends, Laaksonen weathered the Aids crisis, but he died of emphysema in 1991, aged 71. He had been unknown to most Finns until his obituary appeared in the Helsinki Times. An hour-long documentary, Tom of Finland: Daddy and the Muscle Academy, came out shortly after his death; now the artist’s story has been told in Karukoski’s film. Starring Pekka Strang in what the Finnish actor describes as “the role of a lifetime”, the film takes us from Laaksonen’s formative time in the army to his later years as a cult hero. “It’s almost a Superman story, where the Clark Kent that works in an ad agency wearing a suit comes to LA and puts his leather gear on – the hero’s arrived!” says Karukoski. … [Read more...] about World of leather: how Tom of Finland created a legendary gay aesthetic
Nearly every social network now treats a link as just the same as it treats any other object – the same as a photo, or a piece of text. You’re encouraged to post one single hyperlink and expose it to a quasi-democratic process of liking and plussing and hearting. But links are not objects, they are relations between objects. This objectivisation has stripped hyperlinks of their immense powers. … [Read more...] about Has social media ruined the web?
In terms of art, there will be the familiar and the unexpected. Tate’s director, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “There will be old friends and new friends – Pablo Picasso, Joseph Beuys and Mark Rothko will be joined by artists introduced to the public by Tate Modern in recent years, including Saloua Raouda Choucair, Meschac Gaba, Daidō Moriyama and Cildo Meireles.” … [Read more...] about Tate Modern’s Olympic-sized expansion to open in June 2016
Robert famously dated Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart from 2009-2013, but their relationship was far from simple after pictures of Kristen kissing the director of her film Snow White And The Huntsman hit the internet in July 2012. When asked by another publication if he is still friends with his ex, he muttered "yes, yes". In September 2014, Robert started dating singer FKA Twigs. They became engaged in early 2015 and stayed together for more than two years before splitting up in summer 2017 As of 2020 Robert is thought to be dating British model and actress Suki Waterhouse with the couple seen celebrating his 33rd birthday in May 2019. LATEST MOVIE NEWS … [Read more...] about Who is Batman star Robert Pattinson? Age, net worth, girlfriend and height revealed
Should the UK ban parking on pavements? The four big ideas in Scotland's new transport law Pavement parking ban call by Guide Dogs charity There is already a ban on parking on footways on most London streets, but there are calls for it also to be made illegal in Wales. … [Read more...] about Pavement parking: Blind man hit by car in Talbot Green