HOWARD FINSTER
1916-2001 (USA)

Biography
Commanded by above to paint sacred art, Howard Finster embarked on a 25 year pop crusade, anointing tens of thousands of available surfaces with visionary beliefs and unmistakable aphorisms. Fêted by the likes of Talking Heads, this former TV and bicycle repairman went on to become the most celebrated autodidact in America.

Literature

THE CATALOGUE OF EVERYTHING #6, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING 2016

THE CATALOGUE OF EVERYTHING, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING 2010 

THE ARTIST, Michel Hall and Eugene Metcalk (Smithsonian Institution Press) 1994

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS, KEN JOHNSON (ART IN AMERICA) JUNE 1993

INSIDE THE OUTSIDERS, ELEANOR GAVER (ART & ANTIQUES) SUMMER 1990

MADE WITH PASSION, LYNDA ROSCOE HARTIGAN (SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION PRESS) 1990

HOLY ART! DAVID HANDELMAN (ROLLING STONE) 20th APRIL 1989

HOWARD FINSTER, JOHN TURNER (KNOPF) 1989

HOWARD FINSTER, TOM PATTERSON (ABBEVILLE PRESS) 1989

HOWARD FINSTER, LIZA KIRWAN (ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART JOURNAL, 28:2) 1988

MADE IN U.S.A, SIDRA STICH (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS) 1987

Exhibitions

EXHIBITION #1.1, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING (Paris) 2012-13

STRANGER IN PARADISE: THE WORKS OF REVEREND HOWARD FINSTER, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (JACKSONVILLE) 2011

STRANGER IN PARADISE: THE WORKS OF REVEREND HOWARD FINSTER, CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER (CHICAGO) 2010

EXHIBITION #1, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING (LONDON + TURIN) 2009/10

OUTSIDER ART, TATE BRITAIN (LONDON) 2005-2006

CONTEMPORARY CUTOUTS, WHITNEY MUSEUM (NEW YORK) 1988

PARADISE LOST / PARADISE REGAINED, 42ND VENICE BIENNALE (VENICE) 1984

THE REVEREND HOWARD FINSTER, NEW MUSEUM (NEW YORK) 1982