Rare Books, Recent Acquisitions

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: 75

Christo (b.1935) generously donated to the Ingalls Library a copy of this monumental work celebrating the 75th birthdays of both he and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009); they shared the same birthday -- June 13, 1935. Like much of the artists' works, the book is over-sized and wrapped in burlap. It is signed by Christo on the title page and is number 288 in the Collector's Edition of 1000.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude 75

Christo and Jeanne-Claude worked collaboratively from 1961 until her death in November 2009. The publication documents their life and work, and, serves as a catalogue raisonne of their projects. In addition to featuring previously unpublished photographs, drawings and plans, the volume provides a detailed overview of their life and work. Eloquently written by the critic Paul Goldberger, the publication includes a transcript of a conversation between the artists and Goldberger just before Jeanne-Claude's death.

Given the temporary nature of many of Christo's and Jeanne-Claude's work, this volume documents their many large scale projects such as The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975-85. Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-1975, The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005. The photographs by the Christos' official photographer, Wolfgang Volz, pay homage to the creativity and vision of this extraordinary couple.