The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum

April 24th, 2009, 3:28 pm by Sara


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


Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings

April 24th, 2009, 1:31 pm by Sara


I’ve been a Henry Darger fan for a number of years now and I still think that his works are better seen in person, but failing that, this is the most comprehensive Darger reference available. It starts with a 30 page essay by Michael Bonesteel and includes a lot of biographical information including the Elsie Paroubek story. I find the colors a little more saturated than the works I’ve seen in person, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It measures 11 inches by 10 inches in size and includes more than 200 pages of color reproductions, photos of his work area and a satisfying variety of excerpts from his writings, including The Realms, The History of My Life and Book of Weather Reports. Buy this one for yourself.

Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings

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