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Audio Tour: Henry Darger — Selected Works

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Gigantic Roverine with Young All poisonous All Islands Of Universan seas and oceans. Also in Calverina Angelinia and Abbieannia.


Brooke Anderson (inset)"This is one of the more spectacular watercolor paintings of one his blengiglomeneans, a made-up word for a made-up species in a made-up tale by Henry Darger. His blengiglomeneans are these wonderfully complex creatures. In fact, in The Realms of the Unreal, all of his characters are pretty complex and compelling creatures. The blengiglomenean in this case is made up of a dragon head with dog ears, antlers on its crested head, lizard-like legs, and a rattle-like tail with butterfly wings."

About This Work
Watercolor, pencil, and carbon tracing on pieced paper (14 x 33 3/4"). American Folk Art Museum, anonymous gift 2001.16.4. © Kiyoko Lerner. Photo: James Prinz.

The American Folk Art Museum logoAbout Our Guide
Brooke Davis Anderson, director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum since 1999, is responsible for the care and cultivation of the contemporary objects by self-taught artists in the permanent collection as well as new acquisitions and exhibitions. Brooke is also involved with programming and collaborative initiatives of The Contemporary Center and its special division, The Henry Darger Study Center.

Photographs, image captions, and accession information provided by the American Folk Art Museum. Reprinted with permission.





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