Envisioning Howard Finster

Author: Norman J. Girardot
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520961072
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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 sixty 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 fifty thousand 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.

Howard Finster Stranger from Another World

Author: Tom Patterson
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Briefly traces the life of the Baptist preacher, who has become a popular creator of primitive sculpture, painting, and architecture, and shows a variety of his work

Spirit of the Arts

Author: Steven Félix-Jäger
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319679198
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A contribution to the field of theological aesthetics, this book explores the arts in and around the Pentecostal and charismatic renewal movements. It proposes a pneumatological model for creativity and the arts, and discusses different art forms from the perspective of that model. Pentecostals and other charismatic Christians have not sufficiently worked out matters of aesthetics, or teased out the great religious possibilities of engaging with the arts. With the flourishing of Pentecostal culture comes the potential for an equally flourishing artistic life. As this book demonstrates, renewal movements have participated in the arts but have not systematized their findings in ways that express their theological commitments—until now. The book examines how to approach art in ways that are communal, dialogical, and theologically cultivating.

Outsider Art

Author: Daniel Wojcik
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 149680807X
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Outsider art has exploded onto the international art scene, gaining widespread attention for its startling originality and visual power. As an expression of raw creativity, outsider art remains associated with self-taught visionaries, psychiatric patients, trance mediums, eccentric outcasts, and unschooled artistic geniuses who create things outside of mainstream artistic trends and styles. Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma provides a comprehensive guide through the contested terrain of outsider art and the related domains of art brut, visionary art, “art of the insane,” and folk art. The book examines the history and primary issues of the field as well as explores the intersection between culture and individual creativity that is at the very heart of outsider art definitions and debates. Daniel Wojcik’s interdisciplinary study challenges prevailing assumptions about the idiosyncratic status of outsider artists. This wide-ranging investigation of the art and lives of those labeled outsiders focuses on the ways that personal tragedies and suffering have inspired the art-making process. In some cases, trauma has triggered a creative transformation that has helped artists confront otherwise overwhelming life events. Additionally, Wojcik’s study illustrates how vernacular traditions, religious worldviews, ethnic heritage, and popular culture have influenced such art. With its detailed consideration of personal motivations, cultural milieu, and the potentially therapeutic aspects of art making, this volume provides a deeper understanding of the artistic impulse and human creativity.

Howard Finster man of visions

Author: John F. Turner
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
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Traces the life of the American minister and folk-artist and discusses his approach to art

Experiencing Ritual

Author: Edith Turner
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812203984
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Experiencing Ritual is Edith Turner's account of how she sighted a spirit form while participating in the Ihamba ritual of the Ndembu. Through her analysis, she presents a view not common in anthropological writings—the view of millions of Africans—that ritual is the harnessing of spiritual power.

Mart n Ram rez

Author: Víctor M. Espinosa
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 1477307753
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Myth and Meaning In Early Daoism

Author: N. J. Girardot
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1365592421
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Examining early Daoist texts, this work finds a thematic and soteriological unity rooted in the mythological symbolism of chaos, fundamental for both philosophy and practice in cosmic, social, and individual life. Interdisciplinary and interpretive in outlook, it challenges prevailing conceptions of the Daode jing and Zhuangzi as philosophical texts without religious significance or affinity with later organized schools while also placing Daoist gourd imagery and creation mythology into a wider comparative context. Controversial and at times playfully provocative, the book with its the unique methodology and intriguing findings is essential for understanding key facets of Daoism both China and the world.