Christo & Jeanne-Claude (Artists); Volz, Wolfgang (Photographer) & Various Contributors. CHRISTO: COLLECTION ON LOAN FROM THE ROTHSCHILD BANK AG ZURICH. La Jolla, California: La Jolla Museum Of Contemporary Art, 1981. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 145 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Monograph. Limited Edition of 5000 copies. The first and only edition. Published as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Christo: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Art by Christo. They are his original drawings for planned as well as realized projects throughout the world. Essay by Jan van der Marck. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art from November, 1981 through January, 1982. Presents "Christo: Collection On Loan From The Rothschild Bank AG Zurich". The latter being one of the great Conceptual installation artist's earliest and most dedicated supporters/collectors. A comprehensive and absorbing overview of various "wrap" installation projects, as conceived through the meticulous sketch-designs by Christo Vladimirov Javacheff of each project, all of them eventually executed and realized in indispensable collaboration with his wife, Jeanne-Claude, and their indefatigable team of artists, engineers, and construction workers. The "wrap", their monomaniacal, signature technique/medium was also their statement, their "medium-is-the-message" way of "transforming common objects and places into strange and evocative presences. Christo studied the way the Old Masters used drapery to simultaneously conceal and reveal the human form" (Calvin Tomkins). Landscape projects which have moved and also caused quite a stir worldwide are represented here, from original sketches to finished project. Apart from securing government funding for their enormous projects, Christo sold Limited Edition prints of his original sketches - now very valuable - to raise funds. Some of these sketches have commanded the highest prices among collectors; others are in Permanent Collections of major museums, and of course, the legendary Rothschild Swiss bank. Christo's masterly draftsmanship is stunning, but is understandably overshadowed by the projects themselves. Because the finished work is, by design, ephemeral (once installed, they are viewable for a limited, "one-time-only" period), site-specific (you have to be there to see it, often aerially), and destructible (nothing is ever preserved after the event), what we do have left for posterity are these sketches and Wolfgang Volz's photographs: The concept and the record. An absolute "must-have" title for Christo collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in brown pen-marker on the title page by Christo. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of few such signed copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws because it is a fragile softcover original only. A rare signed copy thus. 75 plates. One of the most brilliant artists of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHRISTO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $100.00

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