THE SEXES and TOM OF FINLAND at Edward Day Gallery (33 Hazelton) to July 1. 416-921-6540. Rating: NNNN
Pride Week's celebration of lesbian and gay communities and culture pays remarkably little attention to the amazing contributions of this city's many queer artists, even though the visual art scene is one of the most gay-positive we've got. Despite the official lack of attention, many T-dot galleries embrace this week's rainbow fever. Here are some hot pix.
aficionados of homoerotic art will recognize the "dirty drawings" of Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland. That's what he called his pix of leather-clad men having sex with each other, images that revolutionized the way gay men saw themselves when they were first published in American muscle mags during the 50s.Knowing that some of these famous works are hanging at Edward Day Gallery should guarantee stampedes up to Yorkville. The problem is that they've been selling out fast. At press time, only a couple are left.
Perhaps in anticipation of this demand, the gallery has paired the fast-moving Finland pieces with The Sexes, a solid group show dealing with gender identity, including works by Art Fag 2000 winner Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay -- whose drawings of gay sex may be less iconic than Tom's but are still compelling -- as well as Michelle Gay, Cathy Daley and Chrysanne Stathacos.