NEW YORK, NY.-
Part biography, part critical analysis, part catalogue, this updated edition brings back TASCHEN
s best-selling Collectors Edition, designed by Christo himself. It spans Christo and Jeanne-Claudes entire work, from early drawings and family photos to plans for future projects.
Hundreds of photographs and drawings trace the couples projects from the past 10 years, including The Floating Piers and The London Mastaba, as well as works in progress such as The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi and LArc de Triomphe Wrapped, Paris.
In addition to comprehensive photographic documentation by Wolfgang Volz and an updated introduction by Paul Goldberger, the book features a conversation between the artists and the author. It was the last conversation about their work that Jeanne-Claude had before her passing in 2009. The result 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.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude began their collaboration in 1961, and have lived in New York City since 1964. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009. Their large-scale projects include Wrapped Coast, Australia, 196869; Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 197072; Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 197276; Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Florida, 198083; The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 197585; The Umbrellas, JapanUSA, 198491; Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 197195; Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 199798; The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 19792005; and The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, 201416.
Wolfgang Volz has worked with Christo and Jeanne-Claude as the exclusive photographer of their works since 1971. He was also project director (with Roland Specker) for Wrapped Reichstag and (with Josy Kraft) for Wrapped Trees, and was in charge of The Wall 13,000 Oil Barrels, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 1998-99 and Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010-13. His close collaboration has resulted in many books and more than 300 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.
Paul Goldberger is the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic of The New Yorker, where, since 1997, he has written the "Sky Line" column, and is the author of several books, including Why Architecture Matters (2009) and Christo and Jeanne-Claude (2010, for TASCHEN). He lectures widely on architecture, design, historic preservation and cities, and has taught at both Yale School of Architecture and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.