John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster, circa 1970-1999

Turner, J. F. (John F.), b. 1947
Active in Berkeley, Calif.

Collection size: 5.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: John F. Turner research material on visionary and self-taught artist Howard Finster gathered for his book, "Howard Finster Man of Visions" (New York: Alfred A. Knoff, 1989) and Finster exhibitions. Included are correspondence, writings, photographs, artwork, price lists, audio visual material, printed material, and vinyl record album covers.

Correspondence is with Finster and his wife Pauline and others. Writings include Turner's notes and draft writings about Finster and original writings by Finster. Photographs consist of Polaroids annotated by Finster and photographs, negatives, and slides of Finster and his works of art and his Paradise Garden in Summerville, Georgia. Artwork includes prints and studies by Finster and Finster's sketches for screen doors, bookcases, and other items. Price lists are for Finster's works.

Audio visual material consists of six VHS videotapes of Finster; 82 audio cassette recordings of Finster and of Turner's interviews about Finster with Ray Kass, Robert Bishop, Phyllis Kind, Art and Margo Rosenbaum, Pauline and Beverly Finster, Gregg Blasdel, Lynda Hartigan, Rosa Esman, Andy Nasisse, Roger Brown, Bruce Thayer, Jim and Beth Arient, Liza Kirwin, Rick Berman, John Ollman, Alan Jabbour, Jeffrey Camp, Eleanor Dickinson, Victor Faccinto, Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jim Nutt, Ned Rifkin, Sue Hurley, Karen Cook, Bobby Lee Cook, Susan Hankla, Ann Oppenheimer, and Allen Ginsberg; a 45 vinyl record album, "Just a Little Tack" (side 1) and "A Portion of a Sermon" (side 2) by Finster, recorded May 1979 by Victor Faccinto and Jeffery Camp; and a U-matic videocassette recording, Howard Finster exhibition opening, in which Finster discusses his work on the occasion of his one-man show at the Braunstein Gallery in San Francisco, California, April 1981 (23 min.).

Printed material includes newspaper and magazine clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, and other printed material about Finster. Vinyl record album covers designed by Finster are for music groups The Talking Heads and R.E.M. Also included is a small amount of letters and printed material relating to California folk art.

Biographical/Historical Note: John F. Turner (1947- ) is an author and curator who studied Howard Finster.

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  • U-matic videocassette recording Howard Finster exhibition opening: Permission to reproduce for publication needed from John Turner, 1645 9th St., Berkeley, Calif. 94710.
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