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Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings

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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 reprod
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 13th 2001 by Rizzoli International Publications (first published December 2000)
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Dec 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: visual-art
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
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Apr 01, 2008 marked it as to-read
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.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bizarre, frightening, sensitive, brilliant. The work of a genius.
Jul 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Twisted scared genious.
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Henry Darger's work was truly amazing.
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Shelves: art
My favorite book of Darger's work. Wish it weren't out of print.
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