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THE ESSENTIAL PAUL LAFFOLEY: WORKS FROM THE BOSTON VISIONARY CELL. Ed. by Douglas Walla. University of Chicago Press, 2016. 316 pp. with 127 ills. (100 col.). 29 x 29 cm. LC 2015-18765 ISBN 9780226315416 In English.
Publisher's description: Paul Laffoley, who once worked for Frederick Kiesler and Andy Warhol, has in recent years emerged as one of the leading visionary artists of our time. Lavishly illustrated, The Essential Paul Laffoley documents the evolution of his unique intellectual, spiritual, and artistic approaches. Living and working in a tiny space in Boston he calls the "Boston Visionary Cell," Laffoley is best known for his large mandala-like paintings filled with symbols and texts. Their titles range from the paranormal and arcane, such as The Ectoplasmic Man and The Sexuality of Robots, to the organic, as with Das Urpflanze Haus, to the erudite, including De Rerum Natura, a reference to the Roman poet Lucretius. Whether focused on working with plants to create living architecture or centered on the process of alchemy, these detailed, brilliantly colored works reflect Laffoley's utopian hopes and transdisciplinary interests: throughout, he aims to unite the boundless freedom of human imagination with the mathematical precision of the physical world. Nearly one hundred of Laffoley's works are showcased here along with his accompanying "thought-forms," texts specific to each painting that comment on its particular content.
Artist(s):Laffoley, Paul
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Painting
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 171009
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