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Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum

Darger, Henry; Brooke Davis Anderson; Michel Thevoz

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ISBN 10: 0810913984 / ISBN 13: 9780810913981
Published by American Folk Art Museum in association with Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2001
Condition: As New Hardcover
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128 pages. 114 illustrations in full color. Foreword by Kiyoko Lerner. Introduction by Brooke Davis Anderson. With an essay by Michel Thevoz. Tight, clean and crisp. The book appears unread and looks New. No remainder mark. Protected in Mylar. Collectible.; Oblong 4to - over 9 3/4" - 12" wide. Bookseller Inventory # 08590

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Title: Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the ...

Publisher: American Folk Art Museum in association with Harry N. Abrams, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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


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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