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Artist:
Howard Finster, born Valley Head, AL 1916-died Rome, GA 2001  Search this
Medium:
enamel on metal
Dimensions:
20 x 24 x 1 3/8 in. (50.9 x 61.1 x 3.5 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Folk Art
Date:
1975
Luce Center Label:
Howard Finster frequently incorporated found objects into his artworks. This piece is one such example. Using red enamel paint and bold lettering, the artist transcribed a verse from the Gospel of St. Luke on the lid of an old oven. The verse is taken from a story in the New Testament in which a paralyzed man was lowered by his friends through the roof of a house so that he could get close to Jesus. Moved by the faith of these men, Jesus cured the man of his paralysis. A reverend from Alabama, Finster believed he could spread his message to more people through his art than he could through his sermons.
Luce Object Quote:
"I asked God, 'Why is it I'm a garbage collector? Everything I have is junk.' He said, 'You don't have anything. I want the world to understand that you can make something out of what other people throw away.'" (The artist, quoted in John Turner and Judith Dunham, "Howard Finster: Man of Visions," in Folklife Annual, ed. Alan Jabbour and James Hardin, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1985)
Topic:
Religion\Christianity  Search this
Allegory\religion\salvation  Search this
Object\written matter  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Object number:
1997.124.17
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 22B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7d2f62192-511a-4f8b-aeb5-7f7a457ad2c4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1997.124.17