Edition Galerie Vevais
Limited soft cover edition of 700 copies: 176 pages, 4 color with 2 additional decorative colors, double gatefold cover with flaps, printed on PhoeniXmotion paper, 11x12 inches. Edition Galerie Vevais is pleased to present an illustrated edition of the ‘Children of Adam’ cycle of poems from the American literary masterpiece "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman. ‘Children of Adam’ is the legendary group of poems that caused the book to be banned in Boston at its publication in 1882. Whitman’s theme was the male and female body, entirely naked in every sense – and he steadfastly resisted any suggestion of censorship.
This boldly illustrated new edition of the poems brings together two pioneers of American culture, both coincidentally natives of Brooklyn, New York: Walt Whitman, the beloved American poet who continues to inspire readers worldwide, and the contemporary artist Paul Cava, born more than a century later in 1949. John Wood, Arden Kass and Alexander Scholz contribute original and informative essays; technical and scholarly guidance are supplied by noted Whitman scholars Prof. Ed Folsom and Prof. Walter Grünzweig.
The ‘Children of Adam’ cycle from "Leaves of Grass" is a hymn of hope for a young and innocent America. It is an anthem for a democratic America and a free world -- as well as an unabashed polemic for a shame-free physical and procreative life. This book presents the controversial cluster of poems in a totally original and honest way – each of the 16 poems stands alone on its beautifully designed page, leaving space for a complex relationship to develop between the sexual and spiritual nuances of the artwork and poetry.
Today our world is in the midst of terrific and violent upheaval, accompanied by much >> darkness and negativity. We are all in need of love and kindness, simple ‘native moments’ that all of humanity can share and take nourishment from. With this in our minds and hearts, a team of German and American artists, writers, scholars and designers have come together and worked for more than a year to produce a book that goes beyond the traditional definition. It is an unconventional, visual and sensual expression of hope, manifested in words, image and design and presented in a finely-crafted work of published art. Superior quality printing, highest quality paper and binding further ensure a place in the hearts of book collectors worldwide for this unique collaboration.