Sunday, October 15, 2006

Rescuing Henry Darger

Interesting Ideas... Rescuing Henry Darger. A review of Michael Bonesteel's Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings. "...Darger is a major figure in 20th Century American art, and Bonesteel's disciplined introductory essay adds significantly to the well-known scraps of his story while avoiding the overreaching analysis so common to writing on outsiders. His description of Darger's creative methods serves to give him more coherence as an artist, while the account of Darger's one known adult friendship, references to the real life people whose names Darger used in his fiction and similar biographic items add social texture to a life that has seemed obscured in surreal isolation."


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