by Joanna Wilson
|High Street Entrance|
The Akron Art Museum is currently hosting “Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster.” The exhibition includes sculpture, paintings and personal mementos of the Outsider artist from rural Georgia. Many of us were first introduced to the art of Reverend Howard Finster by the 1980s album covers of the Talking Heads and R.E.M.
|Talking Heads' 1985 album "Little Creatures" cover art|
|R.E.M.'s 1984 "Reckoning" album cover art|
I was lucky enough to see a small show of Finster’s work at the Toledo Museum of Art in the late 1980s when I attended college in Toledo. It was because of this earlier attraction that I was excited to see Akron’s latest exhibit.
|I still have the poster for the Toledo Museum of Art show from 1989.|
|Finster's "The Seven Devils (2095)" can be seen all over Akron on billboards advertising the show|
|Finster painted many angels similar to this one|
|My favorite piece in the show|
“Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster” continues at the Akron Art Museum until June 3, 2012. There are still two exhibition related events coming: a lecture on April 19 and a film screening on May 10. Click here for the link to more details. Who’s with me for a road trip to Paradise Garden--Finster’s outdoor garden and art space in Summerville, Georgia?