The Essential Paul Laffoley: Works From The Boston Visionary Cell by Paul LaffoleyThe Essential Paul Laffoley: Works From The Boston Visionary Cell by Paul Laffoley

The Essential Paul Laffoley: Works From The Boston Visionary Cell

byPaul LaffoleyEditorDouglas WallaIntroduction byDouglas Walla

Hardcover | May 9, 2016

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Paul Laffoley, who once worked for Frederick Kiesler and Andy Warhol, emerged in recent years 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 called the “Boston Visionary Cell,” Laffoley became 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 aimed 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. Together with an introduction by editor and gallerist Douglas Walla, a biography by fellow artist Steven Moskowitz, and essays by scholars Linda Dalrymple Henderson and Arielle Saiber, this book is a long-awaited celebration of the theories, writings, and artworks of an extraordinary mind.
Paul Laffoley (1935–2015) was an artist and architect based in Boston. Douglas Walla is the founder of Kent Fine Art in New York.
Title:The Essential Paul Laffoley: Works From The Boston Visionary CellFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 11 × 11 × 1 inPublished:May 9, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022631541X

ISBN - 13:9780226315416


Table of Contents


1 The Navigator
Douglas Walla

2 A Brush with Complexity
Steve Moskowitz

3 Laffoley and Dante’s Other Worlds
Arielle Saiber

4 Paul Laffoley and Dimensionality: Visionary Painting as a System of Knowledge
Linda Dalrymple Henderson

5 Works from the Boston Visionary Cell and Accompanying Thought-Forms
Paul Laffoley

List of Plates

Editorial Reviews

“Imagine if Picasso or Dalí hadn’t been discovered as teenagers whose genius would flower and develop in the public eye, but as senior citizens with a fully formed body of mature work in the closet. This is a document of seismic cultural importance.”