Over the course of the past 40 years, painter John Wesley has created a remarkably singular body of work whose subject is no less than the American psyche. While many artists of his generation have used popular images to explore the cultural landscape, Wesley has employed comic strip style and compositional rigor to make deeply personal, often hermetic paintings that strike at the core of our most primal fears, joys and desires. In this first volume ever to collect the entire iconic Bumstead series, which spans from 1974 until the present, we are introduced to several paintings that have never been reproduced before. These are dark and erotic works, sly and witty without ever giving too much away. Linda Norden described them thus in Parkett 62: "The Bumstead paintings--whether detailing scenes of domestic misunderstanding, zooming in on off-camera moments of bafflement or simply scanning empty halls and walls for private memories--are excruciatingly specific representations of the gulfs between feeling and comprehension... smart, funny, startling, irreverently empathetic and often heartbreaking, they are a welcome antidote to more laborious discourse." With an insightful new essay by Robert Hobbs.
"An excellent primer to the thought of John Wesley. Outler covers the important issues by selecting readings that express the core of Wesley's theology."--Neil D. Anderson, Asbury College
"A major book....It consists of selections from Wesley's writings designed in their arrangement to bring out his development, along with introductions and notes."--Review of Books and Religion
"A credit to its editor....The documents are well chosen; selections representative of the wide interest and preoccupation of Wesley are given to convey a picture of the stature of the man."--Journal of Religion
"Why it took me so long to discover this outstanding anthology, I do not know. It is marked by great learning from the editor, and genuine theological contribution from Wesley."--Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College