Grand Antonio in New York

Since his passig in 2003, the Dar­ling Foundry houses the complete archives and works of the legendary Montréal urban character who was the Great Antonio. School children used to grab onto his dreadloc­ked hair, as he transformed him­self into a “human ride,” so many remember him as playful. Others remember him as “the strongest man in the world,” as he would pull buses packed to the brim with pas­sengers, as they watched in ama­zement.

The American Folk Art Museum in New York presents an exhibition of artwork by a group of self-taught artists incorporating performance, ritual, and public interventions in their works. The predestined theme therefore suits the Great Antonio’s style perfectly, and represents a first institutional presentation of his works.