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Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus
« on: October 31, 2013, 02:53:02 PM »
A favorite art book I have not seen for years is back in print--Luigi Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus.  Very hard to describe it.  I always thought of it as a reference book from another world.  I remember seeing a copy of it for the first time in the 80s and its weird images stuck with me for years afterward.  Very beautiful, odd scenes and figures that seem to well up from the subconscious:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/codex_seraphinianus_a_new_edition_of_the_strangest_book_in_the_world

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Re: Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2013, 03:08:29 PM »
Really cool

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Re: Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 09:41:32 AM »
I saw a PDF of this years ago -- totally fascinating. Didn't know it was back in print, but I'd love to see a physical copy.
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Re: Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2013, 11:29:37 AM »
have i gone mad?

i'm afraid so
but let me tell you something,
the best people usually are...

http://www.messynessychic.com/2013/10/01/are-we-looking-at-a-madmans-doodles-or-messages-from-another-world/


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Re: Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2013, 12:08:52 PM »
I love this kind of stuff.  Art Brut, naive art, or whatever you call it.  Raw Vision magazine is devoted to this type of very personal genre.  H, If you're into Lesage's work, you'd probably also like Adolf Wölfli's work, too (saw a rare exhibit of Wölfli's strange art years ago):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_W%C3%B6lfli

Mike, I ordered the book from Amazon (it's a little pricy, but cheaper than the the hundreds of dollars for an earlier edition).

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Re: Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2014, 12:33:26 PM »
I finally got the book, and it's as wonderful as I had hoped it would be.  Larger than earlier editions and with more drawings, too.  There's a nice explanation in a back booklet about Serafini's inspiration for creating it and how he was a struggling architect at the time.

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