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Saito Tamaki

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816654505

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816654505.001.0001

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Beautiful Fighting Girls outside Japan

Beautiful Fighting Girls outside Japan

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Beautiful Fighting Girl

Saitō Tamaki

University of Minnesota Press

The term outsider artist refers to artists who have no formal education in art and do not belong to the art world. Outsider art is known as art brut in Europe and “raw art” in the U.S. This chapter studies the life and works of the outsider artist Henry Darger. His work often features seven heroines, called “Vivian Girls,” who arm themselves with guns and fight determinedly to liberate child slaves from the control of evil adults. The most striking characteristic of Darger’s paintings is their strange naïveté and self-authorizing innocence. Some reject his work as the product of perversion, while others are riveted by it as a mirror of their own desire.

Keywords:   Henry Darger, outsider artist, outsider art, art brut, raw art, Vivian Girls

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