Codex Seraphinianus XXXIII

Codex Seraphinianus XXXIII
Author: Luigi Serafini
Rating: 4.51
Bestsellers Rate: 22909
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 416
Hours of reading: 6.9 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 99,47 €

About the book

An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations. Ever since the `Codex Seraphinianus` was first published in 1981, the book has been recognized as one of the strangest and most beautiful art books ever made. This visual encyclopedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language has fueled much debate over its meaning. Written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, the `Codex` confused, fascinated, and enchanted a generation. While its message may be unclear, its appeal is obvious: it is a most exquisite artifact. Blurring the distinction between art book and art object, this anniversary edition-redesigned by the author and featuring new illustrations-presents this unique work in a new, unparalleled light. With the advent of new media and forms of communication and continuous streams of information, the `Codex` is now more relevant and timely than ever. A special limited and numbered deluxe edition that includes a signed print is also available.

Reviews

the book really does live up to its reputation: The drawings are in turn hilarious, disturbing, bizarre and, sometimes, just flat-out incomprehensible, but all of them are annotated in Serafini s script. -Dangerous Minds   It s not the sort of thing that easily lends itself to classification, but probably the most accurate way to describe it would be as an encyclopedia of an invented alien civilization the Codex is still a disorienting and provocative vision of inscrutable otherness. -Slate.com   Codex Seraphinianus is an art book in the most direct sense there are big, beautiful drawings accompanied by indecipherable letterforms--and it is impossible to read in a literal way. The text has remained a mystery all these years, and perhaps that s part of its draw as an art object. -FineBooks Magazine Is the best art book of the year one that is not only impossible for me to review, but one that is probably equally impossible for you to understand? It s a handsome, hilarious and enduring puzzle that not only features wonderful art in it, but in its entirety captures another kind of human creativity the encyclopedia, the result of compiling and collecting, and an unlikely medium for artists.  -North Adams Transcript "Codex Seraphinianus: History s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life...a weird and wonderful masterpiece of art and philosophical provocation on the precipice of the information age....Undoubtedly one of the most intricate and beautiful art books ever created." -Brain Pickings Wow. One of the strangest and most beautiful books ever published. Faerie Tales   Codex Seraphinianus is in a sense the most elaborate book of doodles ever made. What makes it much more than that is not just the quality of Serafini s drawings and the superior book-making craft, but its brilliant structure. Part of the genius of the Codex is that there is enough information to be familiar but not enough to make any sense. Spectrum Culture   The intense strangeness of Codex Seraphinianus belies the joyous feel of the artistry. Even the oddest, most unnerving images are rendered with pastel beauty, and a softness that makes them almost endearing. KQED

Quotes

"...the book really does live up to its reputation: The drawings are in turn hilarious, disturbing, bizarre and, sometimes, just flat-out incomprehensible, but all of them are annotated in Serafini's script." -Dangerous Minds "It's not the sort of thing that easily lends itself to classification, but probably the most accurate way to describe it would be as an encyclopedia of an invented alien civilization...the Codex is still a disorienting and provocative vision of inscrutable otherness." -Slate.com "Codex Seraphinianus is an art book in the most direct sense-there are big, beautiful drawings accompanied by indecipherable letterforms--and it is impossible to "read" in a literal way. The text has remained a mystery all these years, and perhaps that's part of its draw as an art object." -FineBooks Magazine "Is the best art book of the year one that is not only impossible for me to review, but one that is probably equally impossible for you to understand? It's a handsome, hilarious and enduring puzzle that not only features wonderful art in it, but in its entirety captures another kind of human creativity-the encyclopedia, the result of compiling and collecting, and an unlikely medium for artists." -North Adams Transcript "Codex Seraphinianus: History's Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life...a weird and wonderful masterpiece of art and philosophical provocation on the precipice of the information age....Undoubtedly one of the most intricate and beautiful art books ever created." -Brain Pickings "Wow. One of the strangest and most beautiful books ever published." -Faerie Tales "Codex Seraphinianus is in a sense the most elaborate book of doodles ever made. What makes it much more than that is not just the quality of Serafini's drawings and the superior book-making craft, but its brilliant structure. Part of the genius of the Codex is that there is enough information to be familiar but not enough to make any sense." -Spectrum Culture "The intense strangeness of Codex Seraphinianus belies the joyous feel of the artistry. Even the oddest, most unnerving images are rendered with pastel beauty, and a softness that makes them almost endearing." -KQED

Luigi Serafini Biography

Luigi Serafini was born in Rome and earned a degree in architecture in 1977, taking part in exhi- bitions by Gruppo Memphis, headed by Ettore Sottsass. He has worked as an architect, cerami- cist, glassmaker, opera director, set designer, and critic. He is best known for the cult classic book Codex Seraphinianus, also available from Rizzoli. ... Read full biography

Authors: Luigi Serafini
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Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
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Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780847842131
ISBN10: 0847842134
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Reference Edition:
Edition: Multilingual edition, New edition
Edition Statement: Multilingual, New, Updated
Illustrations: 400 Colour Diagrams
Literature Country: None
Literature Period: None
Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
Font: None
Pages: 416
Book Weight: 2341
Book Dimensions: 229x330x46
Circulation: None
Publication date: Nov. 27, 2013
First Publication Date: None
Publication City/Country: New York, United States

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