An outsider artist, technically, is anyone working without the benefits of formal training and existing separately from traditional fine-art structures. Said artist is, additionally, often completely fucking crazy. Henry Darger, whose life’s obsession is currently on view in a fine exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum, posthumously serves as well-deserving poster boy for the genre.
The cornerstone of Darger’s epic is The Story of the Vivian Girls, in what is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. It’s a lengthy title, until you consider that the novel itself weighs in at more than 15,000 pages. The original volume, from which the artwork has been, um … liberated? … was a gigantic hand-bound book found on Darger’s bed.
15,000 page handwritten novel, y'all. Lemme know if you want to go see that shit. I'm definitely going to try to before the end of April when the exhibit ends.