"I don't like Finster. Maybe his earliest work, but what he set forth was basically folk art craftism and the destruction of the southern art narrative. Even Finster himself taught "how to make folk art classes" to the likes of...well, you know who. Can I repaint Finster? I wouldn't want to.
Finster was a craftsman, he put things together and slopped paint on them. Painted images from his "self made" religious visions. That is what George and I fed on for years, the idea that the person was more than the art. It was a joke. We made good art though. What people see from the Finster mystique is a bunch of "self-made artist" the problem is none of them have ever had their ass handed to them in a formal art critique, they just bumble around coming up with their own self made shows, self made gallerys, self made following....eventually it runs out.
You have to self critique as an artist,none of these people including Finster knew what that meant.
Their worth was based on what sold at craft fairs, then certain museums and galleries made it legit.
But when they realized their product was basically massed produced , what happened?
Finster was a true Outsider artist, until he started making money at it."