Opening April 15 at the American Folk Art Museum is Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger. Those unfamiliar with Darger should read about him here. Basiscally, he was this solitary man who barely spoke to anyone, but managed to write a 15,000 page epic called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, as caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. He also managed to illustrate the story of the enslaved children battling the Glandelinians.
The paintings are so innocent and beautiful and fierce and playful. The untrained artist has inspired many contemporary artists, several celebrated in this exhibit. Here’s a few contemporary works from the museum site.