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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 1 2018 4:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Walks to the Paradise Garden is the last unpublished manuscript of the late poet and provocateur Jonathan Williams. This 240-page book chronicles Williams’ road trips across the Southern United States with photographers Guy Mendes and Roger Manley in search of the most authentic and outlandish artists the South had to offer. In his own words, the author describes the project, “The people and places in Walks to the Paradise Garden exist along the blue highways of America… We have travelled many thousands of miles, together and separately, to document what tickled us, what moved us, and what (sometimes) appalled us.” The majority of these road trips took place in the 1980’s, a pivotal decade in the development of Southern “yard shows” and many of the artists are now featured in major institutions. This book, however, chronicles them at the outset of their careers and provides essential context for their inclusion in the art historical canon.

Walks to the Paradise Garden brings to light rare images and stories of Southern artists and creators who existed in near anonymity during the last half of the twentieth century. Organized in chapters devoted to each artist, the book features Sam Doyle, Howard Finster, Lonnie Holley, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Edgar Tolson, and many others.

About the publisher:

Institute 193 collaborates with artists, musicians, and writers to produce exhibitions, publications, and projects that document the cultural landscape of the modern South. 

The legendary backroads adventures described in the book will come to life as an exhibition, Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, March 2 – May 19, 2019.

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All rewards will be shipped the week of March 1, 2019. Any questions related to fulfillment, etc. can be emailed to: phillip@institute193.org at that time.

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    Advance copy of Walks to the Paradise Garden (Retail Value: 45 dollars)

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    Risograph print of Jonathan Williams’ A Map of Kentucky and its Litany of Glorifications from Walks to the Paradise Garden and an advance copy of the book. Print edition limited to 100 examples.

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    Signed “God is Love” archival Inkjet print by Guy Mendes (from Howard Finster's Paradise Garden) and an advance copy the book. Print measures 5 x 7 inches and is limited to 100 examples.

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    Book + Silver Gelatin Print by Mendes

    Original signed 8 x 10 inch silver gelatin print of a Mendes photograph (your choice) featured in Walks to the Paradise Garden and an advanced copy of the book.

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