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DARGER

Anderson, Brooke Davis

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ISBN 10: 0810913984 / ISBN 13: 9780810913981
Published by American Folk Art Museum, 2001
Condition: Good + Hardcover
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Blue cloth covered boards, light sunning to bttome edges, black titles on front cover, corners staright. Black titles on slightly cocked spine. Illustrated dustjacket displays light edgewear, price intact, archival brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 42083

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Title: DARGER

Publisher: American Folk Art Museum

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Cloth Covered Boards

Book Condition:Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Good +

Edition: First Printing

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Presents a catalog of the works of Henry Darger found at the American Folk Art Museum.

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Sweetly colored, pleasingly composed, and delicately rendered, Henry Darger's scroll-like paintings of armies of transsexual children have had a cult status since they were first shown in 1997 at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. The museum's paintings are part of a vast series illustrating the artist's 15,000-page story about the rescue of naked abducted children by seven little girls. Darger, a reclusive janitor and self-taught artist with ambivalent feelings about religion, spent his childhood in a Catholic orphanage, and in the years before his death in 1973 attended Mass several times daily. The real virtues of this slender book are the 114 full-color illustrations of the paintings, which range from fanciful nature scenes to gruesome battle images. The chief essay, by Michel Thévoz, is a pretentious effort that treats Darger's startling and wholly original pastiche of images drawn from magazines and coloring books at a fastidious arm's length. --Cathy Curtis

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