Christo and Jeanne-Claude: In/Out Studio
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Christo (1935-2020) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) created some of the most breathtaking works of art between the 20th and 21st centuries. Their projects radically challenged traditional conceptions of painting, sculpture and architecture. This sumptuous photo book is the first comprehensive publication on the artists’ work to be released after Christo’s death in May of last year.
It also serves as a curtain raiser for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s last major project – the looping of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which will be completed posthumously in the fall of 2021. Presenting a wealth of photographs and studio snapshots from 1949 to 2020, some of which are private, this book provides an intimate behind-the-scenes look at Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s monumental installations that have fascinated the public for decades.
In addition to images capturing the artists at work, it includes photos documenting all their major projects. Matthias Koddenberg (b. 1984), an art historian and close friend of the artists, spent many years compiling the more than 300 images presented in this volume. Among them are photos taken by companions and friends and previously unpublished photographs of the artists’ property.
Together, they tell the extraordinary story not only of the couple’s artistic collaboration, but also of their five-decade partnership.