Colorful Apocalypse Journeys in Outsider Art

ISBN-10: 0226066851
ISBN-13: 9780226066851
Authors: Greg Bottoms
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The Reverend Howard Finster was twenty feet tall, suspended in darkness. Or so he appeared in the documentary film that introduced a teenaged Greg Bottoms to the renowned outsider artist whose death would help inspire him, fourteen years later, to travel the country. Beginning in Georgia with a trip to Finster's famous Paradise Gardens, his journey--of which "The Colorful Apocalypse" is a masterly chronicle--is an unparalleled look into the lives and visionary works of some of Finster's contemporaries: the self-taught evangelical artists whose beliefs and oeuvres occupy the gray area between madness and Christian ecstasy. With his prodigious gift for conversation and quietly observant…    

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Greg Bottoms' writing has been published in "Salon," "Feed," "Nerve," & "The Beacon Best of 1999." He lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.


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Binding: Hardcover Publisher: University of Chicago Press Number of pages: 200 Dimensions: 0.62" wide x 0.88" long x 0.07" tall Weight: 0.770 lbs. Language: English