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MOMA acquires Dargers

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A turning point in outsider art history, MoMA has acquired a major group of drawings by Henry Darger, one of the most iconic self-taught artists of the twentieth century. A gift from the estate of the artist, the thirteen double-sided drawings represent the largest acquisition by MoMA of work by a self-taught artist. The group primarily comprises examples of Darger’s large-scale watercolours and also includes a smaller collage portraying his practice of clipping images from popular sources. Connie Butler, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings at MoMA, says: ‘This group of drawings, together with two major works already in MoMA’s collection, will allow a full reading of Darger’s major themes and influences, as well as his working techniques.’

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