The Gates: Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005. Hors-commerce copy signed and numbered by the artists and photographer. Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wolfgang Volz, Jonathan Henery, Christo, Jeanne-Claude.
The Gates: Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005. Hors-commerce copy signed and numbered by the artists and photographer
The Gates: Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005. Hors-commerce copy signed and numbered by the artists and photographer

The Gates: Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005. Hors-commerce copy signed and numbered by the artists and photographer

Köln, Los Angeles: Taschen, 2005. Number HC433/800 of 800 "hors de commerce copies for the use of the artists, the photographer and the publisher" (from the colophon page, on heavier, uncoated paper, tipped in before the half-title). Thousands of plates and illustrations (largely in color), plus documents, plans, and diagrams. 1 colophon leaf + 967 + [1] pp. Page: 27.1 x 28.3 cm. Gray cloth with orange titling in dramatically decorated slipcase to match. Slipcase: 29.1 x 30.3 x 7.1 cm. A 24-cm-square sample of the orange cloth used in the project is mounted on p. 135. Page size: 27.1 x 28.3 cm. Gray cloth with orange titling in dramatically decorated slipcase to match. Slipcase: 29.1 x 30.3 x 7.1 cm. A sample 24-cm square of the orange cloth used in the project is mounted on p. 355. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz, picture notes by Jonathan Henery. ISBN 3-8228-3562-5. Parallel English and German. The years 1979-2005 refer to the entire project, from its conception to its fulfillment. Christo considered the work of art to be the total process, not just the finished product. That included making drawings and plans; solving technical and manufacturing problems; correspondence; dealing with various governmental, commercial, and private entities; and overcoming public objections. This book and others like it on Christo's work provide remarkable insights into his art, in particular, and on the creation of public art, in general. One inconspicuous mark at the top edge of the rear cover; otherwise, as new. This copy was given by the Christos to Lynda Forsha and Hugh Davies; in 1981 she was at the then-La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (now the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego) and worked on the exhibition and catalogue, "Christo, collection on loan from the Rothschild Bank AG, Zurich"; he later became the director. See also Christo's Le Pont Neuf (my item 06021) and Wrapped Reichstag (06026). All three are association copies from the same source. A few copies of the regular limited edition are available from the publisher for $1250. Shipping weight: 16-17 pounds. Item #06031

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