No contemporary artist can really compete with the epic genius of Henry Darger, a man who spent much of his life writing a 12 volume 15,000 page opus entitled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. It's pretty much impossible to capture or decode Darger's compulsive art-making process, but The American Folk Art Museum is paying homage to Darger with their new exhibit Dargerism: Contemporary Artists And Henry Darger. 11 "insider artists" are displaying works inspired by Darger alongside some of his original masterpieces. We'd rather watch In the Realms of the Unreal again, but whatever, Dargerism—it's a movement!
NYC: Rampant Dargerism
April 24, 2008