Outsider Art by Henry Darger ‘In the Realms of the Unreal’ – part 2

This is the continuation of part 1 of the article on the Outsider Art of Henry Darger.

This first part of the article includes a detailed biography of Henry Darger and a description of his Outsider Art making methods.

Here are the remainder of the video clips. At the end of the article, after the clips I’ll tell you where to go see the works by Henry Darger and give you some recommendations for further reading on Henry Darger.

** BLOG UPDATE: Due to a copyright dispute, the youtube videos “In the Realms of the Unreal (Outsider Art by Henry Darger) Part 7-12” had to be removed. **

Where to See the Works by Henry Darger

The best place to see Darger’s work has to be the Henry Darger Studio Center at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. This center was established by the museum in 2000. It houses all four manuscripts and over 24 paintings, plus approximately 3,000 items from Darger’s archive of ephemera and source material. This comprehensive collection is one of a kind in the world of the art of the self-taught and is the largest public collection of works by Darger.

However, Darger’s work is also included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Furthermore, specialist outsider art galleries feature his work. I’m sure there will be some references to his work by them this weekend at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City.

Highly Recommended Further Reading on Henry Darger

Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal

Essential, remarkable Book. Like a detective, “MacGregor makes Henry Darger real : as a deeply damaged child and adult, as a tormented believer in God, as a person of enormous inner resources, and as a creative genius.”
Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings
By Michael Bonesteel

Said to be the most-comprehensive reference; pricey, but worth it.
Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum
How to Look at Outsider Art

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