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Howard Finster

The Art - and Artists - of Letter Writing

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.15.2016 | Home
Nina Sankovitch

A gorgeous new book, Pen to Paper: Artists Handwritten Letters, edited by Smithsonian curator of manuscripts Mary Savig, underscores not only the arti...

The End of My Howard Finster Trilogy: Was He Just Too Cute and Kitschy?

Norman Girardot | Posted 05.02.2016 | Arts
Norman Girardot

I have recently maintained that the legacy of the late visionary folk artist Howard Finster deserves to be reexamined in relation to both art history and the history of religions.

So Was Howard Finster the 'Southern Andy Warhol'?

Norman Girardot | Posted 04.04.2016 | Arts
Norman Girardot

With regard to the hip aesthetic sensibility of Warhol, Haring, and Basquiat, Finster's works are sometimes judged to be simply unconscious folksy variations on the New Yorkers' ironic pop-cartoon aesthetic of commercial marketability in an age of ubiquitous mechanical reproduction. This seems, however, too much like an interpretive judgement.

Whatever Happened to the Late Great Folk Artist Superstar and Cultural Hero Howard Finster?

Norman Girardot | Posted 03.15.2017 | Arts
Norman Girardot

Howard Finster Contemplates his Mortality. C. early 1990s. Photo: Ricardo Viera This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most...

Dancing in Paradise: An Encounter with Howard Finster

Sally Hansell | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Sally Hansell

For the past few months, Lauri Stallings, an innovative choreographer in Atlanta, has been having deep conversations with Rev. Howard Finster, the fol...

Visions Become Reality at Paradise Garden in Georgia

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 05.13.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Carolyn Brackett, Senior Field Officer Howard Finster is one of the best known folk artists of the 20th century, creating more than 47,00...