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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005

Christo and Jeanne-Claude; Volz, Wolfgang (photographs); Henery, Jonathan (notes)

ISBN 10: 3822835625 / ISBN 13: 9783822835623
Published by Taschen, Koln, et al, 2005
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Pale grey cloth, lettering stamped in orange on spine; in full-color photo-illustrated slipcase; square 4to; pp. [968], illustrated in b/w and full-color throughout, some folding pages, tipped-in fabric specimen. Number 1244 from a limited edition of 5000 copies, signed by Christo, Jean-Claude, and Volz. Plus, a separate PENCIL SIGNED full-color reproduction of a Christo schematic (11.75 x 15.5 inches, suitable for framing). Also with two additional fabric specimens and two postcards laid-in. Spine lettering a little rubbed, otherwise book is fine, in lightly rubbed slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # D8896

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Title: Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, ...

Publisher: Taschen, Koln, et al

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Limited Deluxe Edition

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Synopsis:

February 2005 marked the ephemeral installation of a monumental work of art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in New York City's Central Park. First conceived in 1979 and rejected by New York City government in 1981, the project was approved by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration in 2003. The work of art consisted of 7503 16-foot-high vinyl gates with saffron-colored fabric panels on twenty-three miles of the Park's walkways. Seen from the buildings surrounding the Park, The Gates looked like a saffron flowing river, while those walking through them experienced the ambience of a fluid golden ceiling. Financed entirely by Christo and Jeanne-Claude through their C.V.J. Corporation, The Gates were assembled and installed by thousands of paid workers. Completed on February 12, 2005, The Gates remained in place for sixteen days, after which they were removed and the materials recycled. The work of art was free for all visitors, who continued to use Central Park during the whole process. This historic event provided a memorable and joyous experience for New Yorkers and visitors. This special collector's volume documents the entire project from conception to realization. Designed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, with texts by Jonathan Henery and photographs by exclusive photographer Wolfgang Volz, this limited-edition volume is the ultimate book object for fans and collectors who want a lasting and unique souvenir of this remarkable work of art. This Collector's Edition is limited to 5,000 copies, signed and numbered by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Wolfgang Volz. Each copy comes with a 24 X 24 cm (9.4 X 9.4 in.) piece of the fabric used for the work of art. It contains 104 preparatory drawings and collages, as well as 900 important documents, engineering drawings, technical data, maps, and 1,441 photographs from 1979 to 2005. This is the third volume in our Christo and Jeanne-Claude collector's series, complementing Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, and The Umbrellas, Japan - USA.

About the Author:

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, both born on June 13, 1935, have been working in collaboration since 1961, Previous large-scale projects include Wrapped Coast, Australia, 1968 - 69, Valley Curtain, Grand Hogback, Rifle, Colorado, 1970 - 72, Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972 - 76, Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980 - 83, The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975 - 85, The Umbrellas, Japan - USA, 1984 - 91, Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971 - 95, Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997 - 98. Wolfgang Volz has been working with Christo and Jeanne-Claude since 1971 and was project director (with Roland Specker) for Wrapped Reichstag and (with Josy Kraft) for Wrapped Trees and he was in charge of The Wall, 13,000 Oil Barrels, 1999. He is the exclusive photographer of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's works. This close collaboration has resulted in many books and more than 300 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. Wolfgang Volz and his wife and partner, Sylvia Volz, live and work in Dusseldorf, Germany. Jonathan William Henery is the son of Jeanne-Claude's sister, Joyce May Henery. In 1993, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University. He is a musician and has been Jeanne Claude's full-time assistant since 1996.

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