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ENVISIONING HOWARD FINSTER: THE RELIGION AND ART OF A STRANGER FROM ANOTHER WORLD. Norman Girardot. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2015. Ahmanson-Murphy Fine Arts Imprint. 296 pp. with 37 ills. (16 col.). 23 x 15 cm. LC 2014-49376 ISBN 9780520261105 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 165056. Publisher's description: The Reverend Howard Finster (1916-2001) was called the "backwoods William Blake" and the "Andy Warhol of the South," and he is considered the godfather of contemporary American folk and visionary art. This book is the first interpretive analysis of the intertwined artistic and religious significance of Finster's work within the context of the American "outsider art" tradition. Finster began preaching as a teenager in the South in the 1930s. But it was not until he received a revelation from God at the age of 60 that he began to make sacred art. A modern-day Noah who saw his art as a religious crusade to save the world before it was too late, Finster worked around the clock, often subsisting on a diet of peanut butter and instant coffee. He spent the last years of his life feverishly creating his environmental artwork called Paradise Garden and what would ultimately number almost 50,000 works of "bad and nasty art." This was visionary work that obsessively combined images and text and featured apocalyptic biblical imagery, flying saucers from outer space, and popular cultural icons such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Henry Ford, Mona Lisa, and George Washington.
Artist(s):Finster, Howard
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1970 — Several Media — Naive/Folk/Outsider Art
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 165057
Paperbound $29.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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