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Henry Darger

Klaus Biesenbach

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ISBN : 9783791349190
Hardcover
320 pages
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Now available again in a new format, this lavishly illustrated volume presents the iconic American outsider artist in a new critical light, locating him as a major figure in the history of contemporary art. Self-taught and working in isolationMoreNow available again in a new format, this lavishly illustrated volume presents the iconic American outsider artist in a new critical light, locating him as a major figure in the history of contemporary art. Self-taught and working in isolation until his death in 1973, Henry Darger realized an elaborate fantasy world of remarkable beauty and strangeness through hundreds of paintings and an epic written narrative. Angel-like Blengins with butterfly wings, natural catastrophes, innocent girls, and murderous soldiers all appear in Dargers scenes, which are reproduced in this book in double-page and gatefold illustrations. In the volumes introductory essay, Klaus Biesenbach examines the radical originality of Dargers art, including his use of collage, incorporation of religious themes and iconography, and frequent juxtaposition of innocence with violence. An essay by Brooke Davis Anderson illuminates Dargers source materials and techniques, while another by Michael Bonesteel puts Dargers life in the context of his work. The book also includes Dargers autobiography, A History of My Life, introduced by Carl Watson. The only book of its kind, Henry Darger offers an authoritative, balanced, and insightful look at an American master.