DO NOT MISS THIS
I first posted about Henry Darger back in 2009 after falling in love with his work, and odd life story. When I read that the Ricco Maresca Gallery in Chelsea was hosting a Darger exhibit I immediately alerted all my NYC dwelling friends, urging them to check out this special showing. The gallery (529 West 20th Street: 3rd floor) has extended the show until February 9. . . so no excuse if you miss it.
"A devout Roman Catholic, Henry Darger worked as a janitor in Catholic hospitals by day and gave expression to his private, imaginary world by night from his small rented room on Chicago's north side. Over a 54 year period, he created his magnum opus, a more than 15,000-page illustrated saga, The Story of the Vivian Girls in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal or the Glandelinian War Storm or the Glandico-Abbienian Wars as Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, (commonly referred to as In the Realms of the Unreal). The 13 volume manuscript is reenacted in nearly 300 watercolors and collages depicting the "adventures" of the seven innocent Vivian Girls as they lead the rebellion against the evil, child-enslaving, adult Glandelinians." -Ricco Maresca Gallery