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finsterunclesam“A Passionate Eye,” The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection of outsider art at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, which Roberta touted here, is coming down in a couple of days. If you haven’t seen it, rush on over. It’s a little gem, or, as Roberta said, perfect.

Among my favorites, Howard Finster’s “Uncle Sam” (shown), in which the artist and two others are in a car stuck in traffic because Uncle Sam is blocking the road, burdened with the welfare of the nation on his back. Finster also painted a vision of heaven, “Wonders Without Numbers #1000 & 146,” with fanciful onion domes and steeples scattered about a green landscape and reaching to the clouds. For this painting, he painted a backdrop and then added two more layers by painting on the back and front of the glass, thereby giving added depth. Both these paintings have hand-decorated, patterned frames that add to the pleasure.

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Elijah Pierce’s”Angel” and “Martin Luther King (Love),” two simple carved relief panels, painted with enamel, reminded me of Alex Queral‘s carved relief phonebook portraits. King, especially, was a knockout, his suit and tie slouching with the body in the chair (right, Pierce’s “Angel,” 1948).

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