Coverart for item
The Resource Envisioning Howard Finster : the religion and art of a stranger from another world, Norman Girardot

Envisioning Howard Finster : the religion and art of a stranger from another world, Norman Girardot

Label
Envisioning Howard Finster : the religion and art of a stranger from another world
Title
Envisioning Howard Finster
Title remainder
the religion and art of a stranger from another world
Statement of responsibility
Norman Girardot
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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. In the 1980s and 90s, he developed cult celebrity status, and he appeared in the Venice Biennale and on the Tonight Show. His work graced the album covers of bands such as R.E.M. and Talking Heads. This book explores the life and religious-artistic significance of Finster and his work from the personal perspective of religion scholar Norman Girardot, friend to Finster and his family during the later years of the artist's life"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
CU-S/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Girardot, N. J
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Finster, Howard
  • Finster, Howard
  • Outsider art
  • Art and religion
  • Folk artists
Label
Envisioning Howard Finster : the religion and art of a stranger from another world, Norman Girardot
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : once upon a time: encountering the word made flesh -- On the Finster trail : the business of Howard Finster's divine busyness -- Signs of the times : Howard Finster and prophetic reenchantment -- The matter of my mission : Howard Finster's religious template -- The first and second Noah : Howard Finster's Ark of myth and meaning -- The Finster mythos : just the facts in Howard Finster's mythic life -- Snakes in the garden : life and death in paradise -- The strange beauty of bad and nasty art : toward a Finsterian aesthetic -- Conclusion : Howard Finster : the hidden man of the heart
Control code
ocn894745444
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 262 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780520261099
Lccn
2014049376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025046293
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780520261099
  • (OCoLC)894745444
  • (Sirsi) b13615440
Label
Envisioning Howard Finster : the religion and art of a stranger from another world, Norman Girardot
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : once upon a time: encountering the word made flesh -- On the Finster trail : the business of Howard Finster's divine busyness -- Signs of the times : Howard Finster and prophetic reenchantment -- The matter of my mission : Howard Finster's religious template -- The first and second Noah : Howard Finster's Ark of myth and meaning -- The Finster mythos : just the facts in Howard Finster's mythic life -- Snakes in the garden : life and death in paradise -- The strange beauty of bad and nasty art : toward a Finsterian aesthetic -- Conclusion : Howard Finster : the hidden man of the heart
Control code
ocn894745444
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 262 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780520261099
Lccn
2014049376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40025046293
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780520261099
  • (OCoLC)894745444
  • (Sirsi) b13615440

Library Locations

    • McCracken County Public LibraryBorrow it
      555 Washington Street, Paducah, KY, 42003, US
      37.0841169 -88.5988375
Processing Feedback ...