CHRISTO & JEANNE-CLAUDE. UMBRELLAS JAPAN/USA 1984-1991 - limited edition

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Wolfgang Volz

CHRISTO & JEANNE-CLAUDE. UMBRELLAS JAPAN/USA 1984-1991 - limited edition
Publisher: TASCHEN
Product Code: 9783822874776
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CHRISTO & JEANNE-CLAUDE. UMBRELLAS JAPAN/USA 1984-1991 - limited edition

Limited edition of 2,500 copies worldwide, each signed and numbered by Christo, Jeanne-Claude and Wolfgang Volz

The first and only of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's projects to span simultaneaously two continents, and one of their most spectacular and memorable creations: 1,340 blue six metre umbrellas were assembled and erected in Ibaraki, Japan, and 1,760 yellow umbrellas in California, USA. After months of gruelling process, the two countries united as the forest of umbrellas were opened simultaneously on both continents. The blue symbolised the plentitude of water in the Japanese terrain, and the yellow represented the heat of the American valley. For Christo the umbrellas were "freestanding, dynamic modules... which reflected the availability of the land in each valley, creating an invitational, inner space".
Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project The Umbrellas, Japan - USA, 1984-1991 was the most ambitious and expensive project they have ever undertaken. This comprehensive project book documents the art work from conception to completion:

  • Many preparatory drawings and collages created by Christo before the completion
  • Original documents of the permits negociations with representatives of government agencies, 17 in Japan and 27 in the USA, the 459 rice farmers in Ibaraki and 26 ranchers in California.
  • The engineering process of the umbrella superstructure, through manufacturing, and the installation of The Umbrellas.
  • Entries from Christo and Jeanne-Claude's diary.
  • The book includes two 24 x 24 cm samples of the original fabric used for the blue and yellow umbrellas.
  • The book is entirely designed by Christo.

The umbrellas were removed after two weeks, but the memories of this unrepeatable and transient endeavour have been collected in this official book of documentation:  Thousands of photographs, plans, sketches, notes and a retrospective text provide the core source material, covering every stage of the project from inception to aftermath. A very special edition indeed.

The artists:
The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude began their collaboration in 1961, and lived in New York City from 1964. Their large-scale projects include Wrapped Coast, Australia, 1968–69; Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970–72; Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972–76; Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Florida, 1980–83; The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975–85; The Umbrellas, Japan–USA, 1984–91; Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95; Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997–98; The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005; and The Floating Piers, 2014–16. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009.

The photographer:
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, 1999. His close collaboration has resulted in many books and more than 300 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.

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Book Info
Subject Art
Author Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Wolfgang Volz
Series CE (Collector's Editions)
Cover Hardcover in slipcase
Dimensions cm 30,0 x 27,5
Pages 1422
Language/s english, japanese
Collection limited edition
Weight 8.94 kg
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