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Brent Funderburk’s “Ecstasy: Walter Anderson’s Transcendent Moment”

“I drew it in ecstasy. It was a concentrated image that nothing could take from me.”

Walter Anderson, The Horn Island Logs


“Each time- I think that all I need to realize the thing is authority; if I can dominate the moment, I will produce the symbol which will explain all; but I am usually a little fast… or a little slow.”

Walter Anderson, The Horn Island Logs


Experts agree- Walter Inglis Anderson (1903- 1965) was an American master. So, did Anderson create a masterpiece of art?

Some have estimated that the Gulf coast artist generated over 20,000 pieces of art in multiple mediums. So, from this wealth of vision, what was Anderson’s one, most radiant, crown jewel?  What was his “The Starry Night” moment of truth, as we now recognize Vincent van Gogh’s preeminent masterwork? Just as Picasso’s “Guernica”, O’Keeffe’s “Cow’s Skull: Red, White and Blue”, and Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” have become more meaningful artifacts with time, which Walter Anderson work has made the greatest impact?

Did Anderson find the “the symbol which will explain everything” (W.I.A, Logs) that he hoped for, and can it now be announced from out of the arc of his breathtaking body of work of over six decades of the 20th century?

Did you know that, just before his death, Anderson secretly stored hundreds of his finest works in a mysterious, painted box, hidden from our view in a double-locked room? Consequently, didn’t Hurricane Katrina consume the much of artist’s extraordinary treasure? Can we now see his masterpiece?

Mississippi State University Distinguished Professor Emeritus Brent Funderburk will answer this question, and will explore the artist/designer/writer’s most epiphanic and exalting experiences in his gallery walk-through presentation “Ecstasy: Walter Anderson’s Transcendent Moment”,  in the exhibition “The South’s Most Reclusive Artist- Walter Anderson.”


This experience is free with museum admission. Register here.


“The artist has been content to be the discoverer… to find that art and nature are one. It is time that he realized that it is he who makes them one by the act of art.”

Walter Anderson, The Horn Island Logs


Sep 12 2024


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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