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215 pp., col. illus.; 29 cm Catalogue of an exhibition at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, June 19 to November 13, 2004; the Florida State University ... Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL, February to March 2005; and at the Gallery at the American Bible Society, New York, NY, May to July 2005. Firm binding, clean inside copy. First paperback edition. OVERSIZE! No priority/international, except by special arrangement. CONTENTS: The Bible, evangelical christianity, and southern self-taught artists, by Carol Crown; The Bible and the evangelical south, by Paul Harvey; Visualizing faith: Religious presence and meaning in modern and contemporary American art, by Erika Doss; The word and the world: Evangelical christianity, the Bible, and the secular south, by Hal Fulmer; African retention, biblical reinterpretation, and double meaning in African American self taught art, by Babatunde Lawal; A larger view: Self-taught art, the Bible, and southern creativity, by Charles Reagan Wilson; Where there is no vision the people perish: visionary artists and religious-based environments in the American south. Read more Show Less

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In the works of many famous self-taught artists, such as Howard Finster and Sister Gertrude Morgan, Biblical themes and imagery abound. How has the Bible inspired these southern creators?

Examining 125 works of art by seventy contemporary folk artists, Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible, and the American South accompanies a traveling exhibition organized by the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. The exhibition features painters and sculptors of wide acclaim, including Finster, Sister Morgan, William Edmondson, Clementine Hunter, Joe Minter, Elijah Pierce, Robert Roberg, William Thomas Thompson, and Myrtice West.

In the South, Evangelical Christianity is predominant. Essays in this catalog explore this particular religious influence on the work of southern self-taught artists. The artwork is considered within the context of contemporary American art and history, literature, and music. Also included are brief essays on thirty-two of the artists along with biographical sketches of each, identifying denominational ties and providing relevant religious information.

Coming Home! offers new ways of understanding the rich meaning, theology, and history of this art and its stylistic approaches and various purposes. Essayists also forward a fresh appreciation of the cultural influence of Evangelical Christianity. They include Carol Crown, Erika Lee Doss, Hal Fulmer, Norman Girardot, Paul Harvey, Babatunde Lawal, Leslie Luebbers, Cheryl Rivers, and Charles Reagan Wilson.

Carol Crown is the curator of the exhibit Coming Home! and associate professor of art history at the University of Memphis. She is also the editor of Wonders to Behold! The Visionary Art of Myrtice West.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781578066599
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/21/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 11
The Bible, Evangelical Christianity, and southern self-taught artists 15
The Bible and the evangelical South 35
Visualizing faith : religious presence and meaning in modern and contemporary American art 41
The Word and the world : Evangelical Christianity, the Bible, and the secular South 55
African retention, biblical reinterpretation, and double meaning in African American self-taught art 61
A larger view : self-taught art, the Bible, and southern creativity 73
Where there is no vision the people perish : visionary artists and religious-based environments in the American South 89
Plates 105
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