Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings

Henry Darger Art and Selected Writings In the quarter century since the death of Henry Darger and the discovery of the astonishing cache of artworks and writings he left behind this reclusive Chicago janitor has become recognized as one of

  • Title: Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings
  • Author: Henry Darger Michael Bonesteel
  • ISBN: 9780847822843
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the quarter century since the death of Henry Darger and the discovery of the astonishing cache of artworks and writings he left behind this reclusive Chicago janitor has become recognized as one of the most important outsider artists of the twentieth century in America This book provides the first comprehensive survey of Darger s art and writings Included are reprodIn the quarter century since the death of Henry Darger and the discovery of the astonishing cache of artworks and writings he left behind this reclusive Chicago janitor has become recognized as one of the most important outsider artists of the twentieth century in America This book provides the first comprehensive survey of Darger s art and writings Included are reproductions of approximately 114 of Darger s collage drawings and fifteen selections from his writings, focusing on his life s work In the Realms of the Unreal, which is an account of a cosmic struggle against child slavery unfolding on a planet vastly larger than our own This battle between the forces of good led by the intrepid Vivian sisters and the evil Glandelinian nations, was illustrated and extended in Darger s art, including the mural size watercolor drawings that represent his mature achievement as an artist Michael Bonesteel, a Chicago based art critic and authority on outsider art, provides an introduction to Darger s work and narrates the Dickensian circumstances of his childhood which, along with his profound religious faith and doubt, shaped his extraordinary sensibility A true American original, Henry Darger combined an unquestionable innocence with a dark and sometimes deeply disturbing vision to create a body of work of originality and lasting impact.

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  • If Henry Darger is outsider art then let me in right now! This twisted genius had made up his own world behind closed doors in his apartment - and it's a fantastic document of the imagination going beyond nature or sexuality. Those who are sensitive regarding how Children are displayed in his art should stay away - but for the rest of us his vision of hell on earth (or in his mind) is both beautiful, disturbing, graphically perfect, and one's jaw just drops at the scope of his entire work. Often [...]


  • These are the best! From battles between Civil War soldiers and penile girls in vast underground caves to jouncy girls in pinafores lolling on an old-fashioned porche overshadowed by fantasias of dragonesque blooms in "Jennie Richee" which is Darger's conception of heaven on Earth. He was a master of appropriating the banal for fantastical uses. But for all my love of the paintings I was very disappointed in Darger's writing . This book was my first introduction to it, and I found the excerpts f [...]


  • Very well put together. I find Henry Darger's work bizarre and frightening, however, his life inspires compassion. I was disappointed that the author of this book didn't seem to grasp the likelihood that Henry Darger suffered from Tourette's and possibly other syndromes as well, and that the people in his life chose to torment him, institutionalize him, and diagnose him with a misplaced heart rather than give him real help or understanding. I didn't actually finish it - I read the biography bit, [...]



  • i recently went to the henry darger "house" at Intuit and the promotional cards they have for the gallery feature the Vivian Girls with BLURRED OUT PENISES! i'm calling bullshit on that.


  • I recently saw an adaptation of Darger's work in play form. I was so intrigued I began reading as much as I could get my hands on. Truly weird, beautiful and whimsical the story of little fairy girls is almost outshone by the act of their creation by the quiet man who worked as a janitor here in Chicago.






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