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General Information

Name:  Michael Bonesteel  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

The author lives in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mr. Bonesteel is and art critic/editor/jounalist who has devoted 30 years to writing about "outsider" art and "sequential" art. He has written for the ''Chicago Reader'', ''Chicago Sun-Times''. He has also made many radio and television appearances, served on many discussion panels and jurored art contests.

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Titles At Your Library

Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings
ISBN: 0847822842

Rizzoli. 2000

In the quarter century since the death of Henry Darger--and the discovery of the astonishing cache of artworks and writings he left behind--this reclusive Chicago janitor has become recognized as one of the most important outsider artists of the twentieth century in America.

This book provides the first comprehensive survey of Darger's art and writings. Included are reproductions of approximately 114 of Darger's collage drawings and fifteen selections from his writings, focusing on his life's work. In the Realms of the Unreal, which is an account of a cosmic struggle against child slavery unfolding on a planet vastly larger than our own. This battle between the forces of good--led by the intrepid Vivian sisters--and the evil Glandelinian nations, was illustrated and extended in Darger's art, including the mural-size watercolor drawings that represent his mature achievement as an artist.

Michael Bonesteel, a Chicago-based art critic and authority on outsider art, provides an introduction to Darger's work and narrates the Dickensian circumstances of his childhood which, along with his profound religious faith and doubt, shaped his extraordinary sensibility. A true American original, Henry Darger combined an unquestionable innocence with a dark and sometimes deeply disturbing vision to create a body of work of originality and lasting impact.

John Himmelfarb: A Catalogue Raisonne
ISBN: 1555952453

Hudson Hills. 2006

John Himmelfarb's print oeuvre, much like his paintings and drawings, can be separated roughly into a half dozen succinct, but sometimes related, bodies of work: Landscapes and Cityscapes, Individuals and Groups, Grid Works, Letterform Works, Maps and Bridges, and Narrative Puzzle Pieces. They are for the most part enduring journeys and explorations that continually lead to new discoveries. For nearly forty years, Himmelfarb's work has challenged the viewer to absorb the variety of colour, line, form and content while still perceiving references ranging from expressionist to modernist, literary to musical. Whether jazz notes or Dick Tracy, natural forms or Asian calligraphic characters, the art of Himmelfarb continues to delight and intrigue all who come to view this Chicago-based artist's work. Himmelfarb's art is included in major museum collections in the United States and Europe with public art projects in Omaha, Chicago, and Boston.

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