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Multi-volume illustrated manuscripts, double-sided nine-foot-long watercolors, photo-enlarged tracings, and hundreds of sketches
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When Henry Darger died in 1973 at the age of 81, he left behind an astonishing cache of art, shocking in both its content and its sheer size. The trove included massive, multi-volume illustrated manuscripts, double-sided nine-foot-long watercolors, photo-enlarged tracings, and hundreds of sketches. Depicting a turbulent world, these works are the product of the fertile yet tormented imagination of a secretive Chicago janitor who has since been recognized as one of the supreme self-taught artists of the 20th century. This informative volume offers a general introduction to this masterful artist. Catalog of the exhibition of the same name on view at the American Folk Art Museum, 2001–2002. By Brooke Davis Anderson, with Michel Thévoz; foreword by Kiyoko Lerner. New York: Harry N. Abrams in association with the American Folk Art Museum, 2001.