Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger

Trenton Doyle Hancock, “AND THE BRANCHES BECAME AS STORM CLOUDS”, 2003, Mixed media on canvas. Photo courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and the American Folk Art Museum.

Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger at the American Folk Art Museum examines the influence of Darger’s work on eleven artists, who respond not only to the “aesthetic beauty of Darger’s mythic work, but also to his unblinking work ethic and all-consuming devotion to artmaking.” According to the website, “This exhibition demonstrates Darger’s pervasive influence on the contemporary art discourse and how an examination of the work of self-taught artists is essential for a full understanding of art history.” Read a POV interview with curator Brooke Davis Anderson here.

Works by Trenton Doyle Hancock (Season 2), Amy Cutler, Jefferson Friedman, Anthony Goicolea, Yun-Fei Ji, Justine Kurland, Justin Lieberman, Robyn O’Neil, Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Michael St. John and, of course, Henry Darger, are on view in Dargerism through September 21, 2008.

The American Folk Art Museum is located at 45 West 53rd St, New York, NY.


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