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The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005 [with fabric swatch]

Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

ISBN 10: 3822842427 / ISBN 13: 9783822842423
Editorial: Cologne, Germany: Taschen, 2005
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Book Description: Cologne, Germany: Taschen, 2005. First edition of the updated version which includes 32 pages of photographs of the Gates. This edition has a large photo of the saffron fabric on the front and back covers. Fine (new) in wraps. SIGNED in saffron-colored crayon on the half title page by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Swatch of the fabric used for the Gates' panels included. N° de ref. de la librería 5160

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Título: The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979...

Editorial: Cologne, Germany: Taschen

Año de publicación: 2005

Encuadernación: Soft cover

Condición del libro: New

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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Sinopsis:

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.

Review:

Famous for massive public art projects, including "Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet" in Australia and "Running Fence" in Northern California, Christo Javacheff and his wife Jeanne-Claude were used to dealing with intransigent bureaucracies. But they hadn't reckoned with New York City. The couple's 1979 project--temporarily placing thousands of saffron-colored banners across the walkways of 843-acre Central Park--did not receive the city's blessing until 2003. Published in advance of the 16-day installation in February 2005, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates is a picture book that moves briskly from photographs of early presentations and hearings to numerous shots of workers assembling the steel, aluminum, vinyl and rip-stop nylon components of the piece.

Scattered throughout are many of Christo's vibrant color sketches of "The Gates," which were conceived to create a "golden river" suggestive of autumn foliage when viewed from neighboring buildings and a "golden ceiling" for walkers and joggers in the park. The banners billow in the breeze, like sheets on a clothesline. While the early drawings show long banners hung from spindly black frames driven into the earth, the final design had to be modified so that it wouldn't touch low-hanging tree branches or poke holes in the ground. In the final version, 16-foot banners hang from sturdy aluminum bases covered in orange vinyl and placed at 12-foot intervals along 23 miles of walkways. The most recent drawings are especially radiant, showing the orange banners against a wintry setting of leafless trees. However, the decision to install "The Gates" in February—typically a dead time for tourism in the city—was likely driven by more than artistic effect. Taschen plans to publish a second edition of this book, with an additional 32 pages showing the final installation of "The Gates." Perhaps the publisher will also add much-needed artistic and socio-political context about the development of this project and how it compares with the artists' other work. --Cathy Curtis

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