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Sandow Birk (American, b. 1962), after Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy," 2003-5, three volumes

Sandow Birk (American, b. 1962), after Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy," 2003-5, three volumes

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After Dante Alighieri, "Divine Comedy," Brisbane, CA: Trillium Press, 2003-2005, the complete set of three (3) volumes, with prose translation by Marcus Sanders, illustrated with 71 full-page lithographs in black and white by Sandow Birk, each signed with initials in pencil, number 2 from the edition of 100, Folio, in original full pictorial morocco gilt


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About The Artist:

Sandow Birk was born in Detroit in 1962. He graduated from the Otic Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in southern California where he now lives. Birk's art tends to deal with social issues. Before collaborating with Mark Sanders on Divine Comedy, Sanders created the fictional "Great Wars of the Californias" about a territorial war between Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as a series on American prisons rendered in Hudson River School style. In 2007, Birk was an artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.

In the Divine Comedy series, Birk illustrates Sanders' re-writing of Dante Alighieri's 13th century literary masterpiece once illustrated by Gustave DorŽ in the 19th century. Adapting DorŽ's work, Birk uses 21st century imagery of San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. The illustrations were exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art in 2005, and traveled to several museums thereafter. With other collaborators, a feature film based on this project was made which garnered awards at several film festivals.

In Birk and Sanders' version of the Divine Comedy, Los Angeles is the Inferno, San Francisco is Purgatory, and New York is Paradiso. "The images depicting Dante's journey with Virgil fracture Dore's dramatic melancholy with cascading Porta-Potties, police helicopters, a giant inflatable Fred Flintstone, and enough fast-food architecture to clog an abyss" (from Doug Harvey, introduction to Inferno).


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Sandow Birk (American, b. 1962), after Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy," 2003-5, three volumes

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