Sunday Read

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: In/Out Studio

Sunday Read is a weekly feature on books we come across and like. In addition to of course the content, our focus lies primarily on the design, its haptic and layout. This is reflected upon through unique set ups, that is presented in a series of photographs. A small statement in the end provides you with all further necessary information.

Christo (* 1935) and Jeanne-Claude (1935–2009) have created some of the most visually breathtaking works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Their projects have transcended the traditional bounds of painting, sculpture and architecture.

This lavishly designed book brings together numerous photographs and studio shots dating from 1949 to 2013, some of them private, thus allowing an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the monumental installations with which Christo and Jeanne-Claude never ceased to amaze the public. Photographs portraying the artists at work are supplemented by pictures of all their major projects—Wrapped Coast (1968–69), Valley Curtain (1970–72),Running Fence (1972–76), Surrounded Islands (1980–83),The Pont Neuf Wrapped (1975–85), The Umbrellas (1984–91), Wrapped Reichstag (1971–95) and The Gates (1979–2005)—as well as reproductions of drawings, collages and objects.

Matthias Koddenberg (* 1984), art historian and close friend of the artists, spent many years compiling the over 300, mostly unpublished photographs and illustrations assembled here. Many of them show works that were previously unknown or thought to be lost, including early drawings and paintings dating back to when Christo was still studying art in Bulgaria. Others document temporary sculptures—Wrapped Woman (1962, 1963, and 1968),Wrapped Volkswagen (1963) and Wrapped Tree (1966 and 1969)—or works that were destroyed willfully and only survive as photographs.

The publication was put together in close collaboration with Christo and presents pictures by renowned photographers such as Ugo Mulas, Enzo Sellerio, Harry Shunk and János Kender, Charles Wilp and Wolfgang Volz, who has documented all of the artists’ projects since 1971, together with photos by associates and friends as well as pictures from the artists’ private archives. So it is not just the extraordinary story of their artistic collaboration that is being told, but also that of their fifty-year-long relationship.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: In/Out Studio is also available as a special edition limited to 25 copies, with a photograph signed by Christo and Wolfgang Volz.  More information can be found here.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: In/Out Studio
Author: Matthias Koddenberg (Editor), Christo & Jeanne Claude (Illustrator)
Publisher:Verlag Kettler/ D.A.P; Edition: (24.