The Private Collection of Henry Darger

An exhibition of Henry Darger’s collages- an often overlooked aspect of the artist’s work– opens today at the American Folk Art Museum:

American Folk Art Museum
45 West 53rd Street
New York City
212. 265. 1040
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© 2010 American Folk Art Museum
Design: Krate
April 6–September 19, 2010
The Private Collection
of Henry Darger
212. 265. 1040, ext. 381
Henry Darger (1892–1973) had an art collection. He displayed it in his
apartment, hanging from string, tacked into the walls, or pasted with
glue directly onto various surfaces. Like many art collectors, Darger
had a passion to amass images meant, most likely, to provide him
with pleasure, as well as to amuse his curiosity and intellect. And
like many practicing artists, he surrounded himself with his own
production—paintings, drawings, and collages—made in a modest scale,
with simple supplies and readily available material. Selected from
the more than eighty cardboard collages in the museum’s collection
and exhibited for the first time, the works on view illustrate another,
previously unexplored aspect of Darger’s creative world.
Brooke Davis Anderson
Director and Curator, The Contemporary Center
“The Private Collection of Henry Darger” is sponsored in part by the Leir Charitable
Foundations in memory of Henry J. & Erna D. Leir, the Gerard C. Wertkin Exhibition Fund,
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and with public funds from the New
York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The Henry Darger Study Center Fellowship
is sponsored by Margaret Z. Robson.
Henry Darger’s home, c. 1970s (photo by Nathan Lerner and David Berglund)DargerPrivCollPalmcard