Collection

Howard Finster
American, 1916-2001

Coke Bottle, 1989
Oil and black marker on plywood (in shape of a coke bottle)
Gift of Pat O’Brien Parsons, class of 1951
2005.33.16
Period: 20th c
Classification: Painting
Dimensions: Unframed: 34 1/4 x 10 in. (87 x 25.4 cm)
Signatures, Inscriptions and Markings v
(recto, LCC, black marker) BY- HOWARD FINSTER FROM GOD MAN OF VISIONS GOD BLESS
(recto, UC, black marker) THE TOP IS AS HIGH AS YOU CAN GO/ ENDLESS CIRCLE/ MR. COKE; (recto, UCC, black marker) SOME FOLKS WOULD STAND ON THEIR HEAD FOR A COLD COKE/ (names written upside down, some illegible) CALFUS/ MUTINO/ COLIAL/ BUNSMN/ OLIKA/ SORTIUS/ MY FATHER DRINK COKES FROM THE FIRST/ COKES MAKES ITS OWN WAY/ ONLY ONE REAL COKE FLAVOUR/ COCA COLA/ IF ANY ONE HAS A BETTER DRINK THAN COKE THEY MUST HAVE KEPT IT FOR THEMSELVES I. HAVENT FOUND IT YET/ COKES WOUL SELL WITHOUT ANY ADVERTISEMENT/ i DRINK COKES ALL MY LIFE; (recto, LCC, black marker) ABICON/ KLUCHON/ CABTOLA/ ROCKROLLA/ CHURPHIN/ THE LORD IS NEVER FAR FROM THEE/ 11.000.911 WORKS SINCE 1976 GET RIGHT WITH GOD/ OCT-2-1989 12:54: PAST MIDNIGHT TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE BE READY/ AT LAST YOU WILL NEED. GOD THE MOST THINK. MILLIONS. OF CHURCH FOLKS DRINK COKES AND DRIVE HOME SAFELY; (recto, LC, black marker) THE BOTTOM IS AS LOW AS YOU CAN GO.
Provenance v
Acquired from the artist
Exhibition History v
Poughkeepsie, New York, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, "Faith and Fantasy in Outsider Art from the Permanent Collection," February 13-April 26, 2009.
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