Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal Hardcover – Jan 1 2002
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From the Publisher
Henry Darger is not yet a household name, however it may become one soon. Darger is considered to be the most important figure in the emerging field of Outsider Artthe name given to work by self-taught and often mentally disturbed or otherwise marginal artists. Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal is an affordable, accessible, and comprehensive selection of illustrations, images, and texts drawn from the elusive artists darkly imaginative private world. John MacGregors accompanying text breathes crucial insight into Dargers life and work and sheds new light on the artists disturbing visions. This book is destined to become a milestone of both art historical and psychoanalytic literature.
About the Author
John MacGregor is a Princeton-trained art historian who has devoted his career to interdisciplinary studies in psychiatric art and the related fields of art brut and outsider art. In addition to Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal, MacGregors books include The Discovery of the Art of the Insane (Princeton University Press, 1989), Dwight Mackintosh: The Boy Who Time Forgot (Creative Growth Press, 1992), and The Vivian Girls (Sakuhinsya, 2000. Available in Japanese only).
Top Customer Reviews
I've read MacGregor's earlier book in French, Michael Bonesteel's book, and the American Folk Art Museum book, but this book taught me more about Darger than I could've imagined. If you're new to Darger, it's the book to begin with. If you're already familiar with Darger's work, this is the book you've been waiting for.
Darger,In the Realms of the Unreal'and marvelled at the potency of art as a therapeutic agent.
Henry Darger initiated his own therapy. He painted a torrent of images representing his rage. Without his art and his writing, I wonder who would have been the target of this volcanic fury.
John MacGregor's book is a must for all art therapy faculties and departments.