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

ANDERSON, Brooke Davis

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ISBN 10: 0810913984 / ISBN 13: 9780810913981
Published by Abrams, New York, 2001
Condition: fine Hardcover
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114 illustrations in full color. 128pp with an essay by Michel Thevoz. Slim oblong 4to, blue cloth, d.w. New York: American Folk Art Museum in association with Harry Abrams, (2001). First edition. A fine copy in a fine dust wrapper An excellent copy of this uncommon and unusual book, signed by the author on the half title. Bookseller Inventory # 211415

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

Publisher: Abrams, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: hardcover

Illustrator: Darger, Henry

Book Condition:fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First.

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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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