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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography by Burt Chernow

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography by Burt Chernow

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude:  A Biography by Burt Chernow is a 390-page hardcover published in 2002 by St. Martin's Press and is a stated first edition.  The bottom text block has a black remainder mark. 

Book Summary

For their sheer scale and breathtaking audacity, The Works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude have made them among the most celebrating controversial artists in the world. Valley Curtain stretched 1250 feet across a valley and Rifle, Colorado. Wrapped Coast covered a mile and a half of Australian coastline with a million square feet of fabric. The Umbrellas deployed 3,100 umbrellas in Japan and California, each nearly 20 feet tall. Surrounded Islands encircled 11 Islands in Biscayne Bay, Florida, with six and a half million square feet of bright pink fabric. Wrapped Reichstag enveloped the entire German Parliament in shimmering silver fabric.

For more than 40 years, these and many other works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude have reconceived the art of the possible, turned natural and human monuments--street, bridges, hills, trees, buildings, parks, and Islands into sculptures and paintings, and created dazzling new landscapes and starling new vistas. Often requiring years, even decades, preparation and planning, these works--not really feats of aesthetic daring-- but engineering and organizational marvels--exist for only a few weeks or less. Yet what makes these transient creations linger forever in the mind is their overwhelming in magisterial beauty. They are, in every sense, transformative and, for the millions who have experienced them in person, unforgettable.

Christo and Jean-Claude have been the frequent subjects of films, videos, catalogs, cartoons, monographs, exhibitions, and editorials. Until this biography by Burt Chernow, however, written with the full cooperation of the artists, no previous account has discussed with the intimate details of their lives in the spectacular dimensions of their projects.

ISBN: 0-312-28074-2
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