The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum

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By Brooke Davis Anderson

The American Folk Art Museum is home to the Darger Study Center, housing all his manuscripts, 26 paintings and the archive of his source materials, donated by Kiyoko Lerner. This book measures 11 inches by 8.5 inches in size and includes 54 full color paintings and 19 pages of studies and archival materials, but no excerpts of Darger’s writings. However, it includes a foreword by Kiyoko Lerner, an essay by Michel Thevoz and an afterword by Gerald C. Wertkin that give insight into his life, so it gives a good introductory overview of his life and work.

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

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One Response to “The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum”

  1. Romulus Smyth says:

    From the exhibition notes,

    ” (he) lived and worked for more than forty years in a rented room in Chicago’s Lincoln Park area, where he created an imaginary world for his personal satisfaction.”

    WOW! His imaginary world is a lot better than mine. I gotta go rent a room and get started.

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