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.