Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
By Paul Goldberger, Christo and Jean-Claude with Wolfgang Volz.
Taschen, Los Angeles, 2010. 700 pp., Illustrated throughout, 13x17¼".
Christo and Jeanne-Claude shy away from definitions of their work, but when pressed will admit that they make 'temporary large-scale environmental works that incorporate elements of painting, sculpture, architecture and urban planning.' They are probably best-known for wrapping landmarks, monuments and topographical features in colored fabrics. For Valley Curtain, 12780 sq. meters of orange cloth were suspended across a valley in Colorado; with Surrounded Islands, eleven islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay were surrounded by luminous pink floating polypropylene-fabric.
This book gives a complete overview of the life and work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, from earliest family photos to plans for future projects. It features hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, drawings and plans for realized works, and incisive and detailed history spanning the entire oeuvre, and in-depth interviews, in a lavish 700 page edition designed by Christo.