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The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora


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Jim Flora was born in 1914 in Ohio and passed away in 1998 in Connecticut. Irwin Chusid is a journalist, music historian, radio personality and self-described "landmark preservationist based in Hoboken, NJ. Since 1975, Chusid has been a DJ on free-form radio station WFMU in New Jersey and he is the author of Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music. He has produced landmark reissues of the music of composer/bandleader/electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott, Space Age Pop avatar Esquivel, the Langley Schools Music Project, and has salvaged the careers of now-celebrated icons like Jim Flora.
Barbara Economon is a digital media specialist at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and a former radio host on KFAI. She provides all image restoration for the Flora collections and produces fine art prints of selected works.


Baroque and subversive.--Joe Bendel "J. B. Spins"

Jim Flora's artwork is ultraviolet radiation in tempera and ink--it crackles with such energy, it practically sizzles ozone...This anthology celebrates a visionary whose work is steeped in vari-hued paradox...Yet, despite the raucous energy projected in these hyperactive mosaics, a typical Flora freak circus often projects harmony and balance--an ordered chaos.--Mark Frauenfelder "Boing Boing"

Picasso, Matisse, Steinberg, my friend Charles -- they all stole from Jim Flora, who was both ahead of his time and before his time.--William Wegman

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