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Temporary projects, eternal impressions - A retrospective of the life and work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Temporary projects, eternal impressions

A retrospective of the life and work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Edition of 1,000 + 400 APs
US$ 1,500
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
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Collector’s Edition of 1,000 copies, numbered and signed by Christo.

"Nobody discusses a painting before it has been painted. Our projects are discussed and argued about, pro and con, before they are realized." —Christo

The work of the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude transcends borders, resists categorizing, and embraces contradiction. This is the only large-format book that includes all of their projects, from Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s works from 1958 to urban and rural temporary works of art, such as The Gates in Central Park, the Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, and Running Fence in California. Part biography, part critical analysis, part catalogue, the book has a lively text by the critic Paul Goldberger that traces both the lives and the works of an artist couple who established a category all their own: a category somewhere between conceptual art, urban planning, architecture, politics, engineering and art.

This volume gives a detailed overview of the life and work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, from early drawings and family photos to plans for future projects. It features hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, drawings and plans for realized works, an incisive and detailed history spanning the entire oeuvre, and in-depth interviews, in a lavish edition designed by Christo himself. In addition to a thorough photographic documentation of all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, the book includes the transcript of a conversation between the artists and Paul Goldberger, the last conversation about her work that Jeanne-Claude had before her death in late 2009. This book is an eloquent homage to Jeanne-Claude, and a celebration of the work of two artists whose imagination has affected the landscape of every continent.

Also available in an Art Edition of 100 copies, with an original Pigment/silk screen print, signed by Christo. The copies no. 1 to 6 are accompanied by original works of Over The River, Project for Arkansas River, State of Colorado or The Mastaba, Project for United Arab Emirates.

Zaha Hadid

“The Christo and Jeanne-Claude monograph, with the most engaging images by Wolfgang Volz, vividly documents their process and the profoundly intuitive, provocative nature of their work, where integrity and materiality play a critical role.”
Zaha Hadid
Illustration: Robert Nippoldt