Mark Dylan Sieber blogs about the watercolors of 'outsider' artist Charles Dellschau.
Sieber writes that 40 years after Dellschau's death "a student discovered over a dozen notebooks, each filled with his vibrant watercolors of imaginary zeppelins and dirigibles, crafted into collages with newspaper clippings and photographs. Years later, an unlikely researcher and UFO enthusiast would unlock further elements of the intrigue: the annotated text and journal entries that accompanied the over 2,500 images created an epic piece of science fiction, not unlike that of Henry Darger."
Dougal McKenzie links to an interesting essay about artist Henry Darger, Realms of the Unreal by Stephen Prokopoff. The essays title refers to Darger's own "picaresque tale in 12 massive volumes composed of some 19,000 pages ... entitled 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 took more than eleven years to write it in longhand." Darger created "several hundred watercolor paintings" along with the written manuscript. Click through to the essay from McKenzie's post.
Mary Addison Hackett blogs images of self-taught and outsider art from the Anthony Petullo Collection including paintings by James Dixon (1887-early 1970's), Sylvia Levine (1911-1998), James Lloyd (1905-1974), Alfred Wallis, and Justin McCarthy.
More interesting than the microscripts’ visual connection with later developments in drawing, however, is the effect Walser’s method has on the resulting prose – namely an uncanny ability to evoke spatial and temporal movement akin to that in painting.
Altoon Sultan blogs about 15th century manuscripts and rare books on view at the Rauner at Dartmouth College. Sultan writes "When I see the refinement and marvelous detail of the borders surrounding the illuminations, I have a feeling that the makers of these pages loved color, loved ornament, loved nature."
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