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Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Gates [Paperback]

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Item description for Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Gates by Wolfgang Volz & Anne L. Strauss...

In February 2005, Christo and Jeanne-Claude will complete a monumental work of art in New York City's Central Park. The project, first conceived in 1979, will feature 7500 16-foot-high vinyl gates lining the park's paths, from which will hang saffron-colored fabric panels. TASCHEN will document this project from start to finish in two editions. A first edition will be published in January 2005, containing photo documents and preparatory drawings for The Gates. This edition, published directly after the installation has been realized, will contain 32 extra pages showing photographs of the completed work of art.

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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2005
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822842427  
ISBN13  9783822842423  

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More About Wolfgang Volz & Anne L. Strauss

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Burt Chernow lectured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was a professor of art history at Housatonic College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was also the founder and Director Emeritus of the Housatonic Museum of Art. The author of many books and essays, he died in 1997.
Wolfgang Volz's photographs have appeared in "Art," "GEO," "Paris Match," "Der Spiegel," "Life," and" Time" magazines. He has worked with Christo and Jeanne-Claude since 1972 and is the exclusive photographer of their work. He was also technical director of the project to wrap the Reichstag. He lives with his wife, Sylvie, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Wolfgang Volz was born in 1948.

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I wish I went..........  Apr 14, 2008
I was mad at myself for not going to New York to see this exhibit.
This book helped me to be there.
I promised myself not to miss the next exhibit.
When you think about how they go about putting together an exhibit, Christo & Jeanne-Claude are phenomenal!
This book will show you that.
Suitable for Framing  Oct 25, 2005
Excellent collection of images of his most interesting completed works; Valley Curtain, Surrounded Islands, Running Fence, Umbrellas and the Gates. Also, some images from the upcoming Over the River project. Images are printed full size on large heavy stock and are suitable for framing. A brief project description is on the back of each sheet. Strongly recommended for any fan of Christo's work.
The Gates of Heaven  Jun 23, 2005
The images in this book are all that remain of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Central Park outdoor art exhibit, The Gates, a massive, stunning and unforgettable project that was dismantled forever on Sunday, February 27, 2005, after a two-week run. This photographic chronicle is interspersed with prototype drawings and designs as well as reflections of the artists as they brought their project to life. Through "The Gates'" the couple created an artistic representation of two of our oldest cultural and religious totems: the myth of Hades and Persephone and that of Moses and the Burning Bush.

The photos of a snow-covered Central Park in February with the naked, brown-grey trees - which lack depth but somehow yield shadows - reminded me of Hades; the orange gates reminded me of Persephone and her fateful pomegranates. Winter will yield to spring which will eventually yield right back to winter. Other photographs bring to mind the Biblical story of Moses with the orange gates looking like bushes blazing cross Central Park.

The story of rebirth and redemption is expressed in literature and was exquisitively expressed in this outdoor art. Both stories, and about 4 million others based on crowd attendance figures, were told across Central Park for 16 short, sweet days. If you didn't have the personal experience, at least have the faithfully recorded one. And definitely plan on seeing their next art installation, Over The River, Project For Arkansas River, Colorado, (date tba) in person. You won't forget it or regret it.

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