Join Robert St. John and Anthony Thaxton for the premiere book launch event on Monday, December 6th from 4:00 - 6:30 PM as they sign Walter Anderson: The Extraordinary Life and Art of the Islander. This will be the first author event for the release of the book. Many of you already know chef and author Robert St. John from his previous books including A Mississippi Palate, An Italian Palate, and Deep South Parties.
This beautiful book shines light on all the facets of Anderson’s unbelievable output and presents a thoughtful progression of his life and art. With complete access to the Anderson family archives and the vaults of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, this comprehensive volume brings together much of the artist’s finest work as well as paintings and photographs which have never before been published.
Robert St. John and Anthony Thaxton have produced a compelling new volume of art and family stories highlighting the prolific and reclusive Walter Inglis Anderson. Lavishly illustrated, this 276-page book shines a light on all the facets of Anderson’s unbelievable output and presents a thoughtful progression of his art through personal and poignant stories told by his wife, Sissy, and their four children: Mary, Billy, Leif, and John. This extensive volume contains rare photographs, artwork, and memories never before shared, as well as the heart-breaking story of loss through Hurricane Katrina. It is the adventure tale of a most extraordinary, enigmatic genius who has been called “America’s Van Gogh.” With complete access to the Anderson family archives and vaults of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, this book brings together much of the artist’s finest work as well as paintings and photographs that have never before been published.
In additon to the book, Mississippi Public Broadcasting is proud to premiere a wonderful new hour-long film accompanying the book featuring intimate interviews with Anderson's family. The documentary, containing much art never before seen and stories never before heard, is a beautiful portrait of the man who is widely known as "The South's Greatest Artist." Filmmakers Robert St. John and Anthony Thaxton have worked for three years on their debut feature documentary. The film premiered on public television in mid-November.