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Annotated Bibliography of Recommended Readings

The following monographs and videos are on reserve in the Stanford University Libraries indicated and are recommended to the Stanford community as preparatory reading and viewing for the visit of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.



Christo. Text by David Bourdon. New York: Abrams, 1970. 321 p. : chiefly illus., maps, plates (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Art Reserves NB893.C5.B6 f

This was the first major monograph on Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Although it does not include any work produced after 1969 the earlier works are extensively documented and the text by Bourdon, along with the essay by van der Marck in the following La Jolla catalog, provides an excellent introduction to the artists.

Christo, collection on loan from the Rothschild Bank AG, Zurich. La Jolla: La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 1981. 141 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm.
Art Reserves N7193.C5 A4 1981 f

"Christo: The Making of an Artist," by Jan van der Marck, traces Christo's early career from his training at the Sofia Fine Arts Academy in Bulgaria, through his sojourn in Paris and informal association with the Nouveau Réalistes (and blockage of the Rue Visconti), examining possible influences such as Constructivism and Yves Klein.

Christo. Sydney: The John Kaldor Art Project; Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1990. 230 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Art Reserves N7193.C5 A4 1990

Published on the occasion of the exhibition held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1990. Comprehensive color catalog of works (1958-1990). Includes four brief informative essays on the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, including Albert Elsen's "The Freedom to be Christo" and Anthony Bond's "The Real and the Revealed."

By Project (Chronologically from beginning of project)

  • Wrapped Coast, Little Bay, One Million Square Feet, Sydney, Australia (1969)

    Wrapped coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, New South Wales, Australia, 1969. [Project] co-ordinator: John Kaldor. Photos. by Shunk-Kender. Minneapolis: Contemporary Art Lithographers, 1969. 1 v. chiefly illus., maps ; 22 x 28 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5.A48

    Primarily illustrated and lacking essays, this volume documents the Wrapped Coast project through hundreds of photographs, copies of letters, maps, and documents related to the project.

  • Valley Curtain, Grand Hogback, Rifle, Colorado (1970-72)

    Christo: Valley Curtain, Rifle Colorado, 1970-72. Photographs: Harry Shunk. New York: Abrams, 1973. 351 p. : (chiefly illus., some col.) 31 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5.A43 f [Art Locked, Medium]

    Primarily illustrated, and with extensive documentation of the letters, agreements, forms, and plans generated by the planning, hearing and approval process preceding the installation of the Valley Curtain, the book lacks a critical essay. Includes a sample of the orange fabric used for the Curtain.

  • Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin (1971-95)

    Christo: the Reichstag and urban projects. Edited by Jacob Baal-Teshuva; photography by Wolfgang Volz; with contributions by Tilmann Buddensieg ... [et al.] ; and a poem by Cyril Christo. Munich; New York: Prestel, 1993. 159 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5 A73 1993 f

    Focusing on the Reichstag project (before the wrapping), the book includes color reproductions of the project drawings, collages, and models, as well as a chronology of the project (1971-1993). Tilmann Buddensieg's "The Reichstag and the Artist" (1977) gives a brief but cogent cultural analysis of the relation of the Reichstag to German culture and the implications of the Christos' wrapping. An interview with Christo by Masahiko Yanagi (1986) allows Christo to elaborate on the project methods and motives for pursuing the wrapping of the Reichstag. Also includes text and illustrations of ten urban projects and related works.

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95. Photographs, Wolfgang Volz; picture notes, David Bourdon. Special ed. Koln: Benedikt Taschen, 1996. [696] p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 x 30 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5A778 1996 f [Locked Stacks, Medium]

    Copiously illustrated with lengthy picture notes by Bourdon, this impressive volume documents the tremendous effort it took for the Christos' to achieve the final realization of the project. "The Reichstag: its Turbulent History," by Michael S. Cullen, provides historical background on the Reichstag. Interspersed throughout the chronological pictorial presentation are photographs of other projects that were completed during the course of the Reichstag project, such as Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida (1980-1983). Includes sample of the silver polypropylene fabric used in the wrapping.

  • Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California (1972-76)

    Christo: Running Fence: Sonoma and Marin counties, California, 1972-1976. Photographs by Gianfranco Gorgoni; chronicle by Calvin Tomkins; narrative text by David Bourdon. New York: Abrams, 1978. 694 p. : ill. (some col., some fold.), charts, facsims., maps, plans, 1 sample ; 31 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5A44 f [Art Locked, Medium]

    Provides a detailed presentation of the complete project, from initial drawings through the entire hearing and permit process to the actual installation of the piece. Hundreds of photographs and copies of documents reveal the complex interactions that are typical of a Christo and Jeanne-Claude project. A sample of the white nylon fabric used for the Running Fence is enclosed. "Christo's Public Art: How to Win Friends, Outlast Enemies, and Make the Social Structure Work for You in Northern California," by Calvin Tompkins, outlines the project and the difficulties it faced.

    The Running Fence Project. Christo; text by Werner Spies; photos. by Wolfgang Volz. New York: Abrams, 1977. [21] p., [46] leaves of plates (2 fold.) : ill. (some col.) ; 20 x 23 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5A413 1977

    Much smaller than the preceding project book, yet Spies' essay provides valuable additional commentary to the Tompkins essay, contextualizing the Running Fence within Christo and Jeanne-Claude's larger oeuvre.

    Environmental Science Associates. Running Fence: draft environmental impact report: prepared under contract to the Sonoma County Planning Department, Santa Rosa, California. Foster City, CA: Environmental Science Associates, 1975. 2 v. in 1 : ill., maps (some fold.) ; 28 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5.E5 [Locked Stacks, Small]

    "Sonoma County retained Environmental Science Associates to assess the potential environmental impact of the proposed running Fence which has been proposed by the Running Fence Corporation" -- p.iii. An integral aspect of any project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude is the governmental hearing and permit procedure. This report evaluates the social/economic and biological/physical impact of the Running Fence project in Sonoma County. Includes copies of letters written to the Sonoma County Planning Department; transcript of oral comments at a Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing Dec. 3, 1975; sample of Running Fence fabric.

  • The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris (1975-85)

    Christo: the Pont Neuf, Wrapped, Paris, 1975-85. Photographs, Wolfgang Volz; picture commentary, David Bourdon. New York: Abrams, 1990. 588 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 30 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5 A72 1990 [Art Locked, Medium]

    Comprehensive examination of Pont-Neuf project, including extracts from Jeanne-Claude's work diaries (p.6-14). "The Pont-Neuf and Paris," by Bernard de Montgolfier, and illustrations of works by other artists who have depicted the Pont-Neuf provide historical context. Numerous photographs show Christo and Jeanne-Claude engaged in the various lobbying efforts necessary to see the project to completion. The installation process is illustrated step by step via schematics and photographs. A sample of the golden polyamide fabric used in the wrapping is included.

  • Wrapped Walk Ways, Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri (1977-78)

    Christo, Wrapped Walk Ways, Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri, 1977-78. Essay by Ellen R. Goheen; photos. by Wolfgang Volz. New York: Abrams, 1978. [96] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5.A78 1978 [Art Locked, Medium]

    An introductory essay by Goheen discusses the evolution of the project process. It is accompanied by reproductions of the preliminary collages and drawings, copies of planning documents, several photographs illustrating the hearings and negotiations, and the wrapping of the walk ways. Includes a sample of the bright golden nylon cloth used on the walk ways.

  • The Gates, Project for Central Park New York City (1979-in progress)

    Clark, Kenneth Bancroft. Christo, "The Gates" Project for Central Park: Human Impact Study. New York: Clark, Phipps, Clark & Harris, 1982. 27, 8, 4 leaves ; 28 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5A64 1982

    "In January, 1981, Christo and Jeanne-Claude Christo retained Clark, Phipps, Clark & Harris, Inc. to conduct a study of the human impact of the proposed work of art, The Gates project for Central Park" -- p.[1]. The firm used a variety of methods to interview a cross-section of New Yorkers, including those who lived around or used Central Park.

  • Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida (1980-83)

    Christo, Surrounded Islands: Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83. Photographs, Wolfgang Volz; introduction and picture commentary, David Bourdon; essay, Jonathan Fineberg; report, Janet Mulholland. New York: Abrams, 1986. 696 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.), maps ; 28 x 30 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5A77 1986 f [Art Locked, Medium]

    Extensively documents the project. Hundreds of photographs and copies of documents and plans illustrate the numerous planning sessions, public meetings, and the installation procedure of the wrapping of eleven islands in Biscayne Bay, Florida. Includes a piece of the pink polypropylene fabric used in the Bay.

  • The Umbrellas, Japan-U.S.A. (1984-91)

    Christo: the Umbrellas: Joint Project for Japan and USA: from June 18 to July 13, 1989. Text by Masahiko Yanagi; picture commentary by Susan Astwood; photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Knokke: Guy Pieters Gallery, 1989. 100 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
    Art Reserves N7193.C5 A4 1989

    This exhibition catalog was released before the completion of the project. Especially interesting among the numerous photographs depicting the planning and hearing process are Christo and Jeanne-Claude on site meeting rice farmers and their families in Ibaraki province, Japan. Also reproduces several project drawings and collages. An essay by Masahiko Yanagi, "Regarding the Umbrellas," further describes the planning of the project.



    Christo. London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1996. 1 videocassette (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
    Meyer Reserves ZVC 10937

    Christo discusses The Umbrellas, as well as the wrapping of the Reichstag (still unrealized at that time), and reflects more generally on the nature of his work and its sources in his childhood. The talk is illustrated with slides.

    The New World. Produced and directed by Michael Blackwood. New York: Blackwood Productions, 1978. 1 videocassette (59 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
    Meyer Reserves ZVC 6725

    This film is number 3 in the Masters of Modern Sculpture series. Considers sculpture in America beginning with David Smith and the abstract expressionists in the 1940s. Examines pop and minimal art in the works of Segal, Oldenburg, Andre, Serra, Morris, Judd, Christo, and Kienholz. Shows the large-scale earthworks of Heizer and Smithson.

    By Project (Chronologically from beginning of project)

  • Valley Curtain, Grand Hogback, Rifle, Colorado (1970-72)

    Christo's Valley Curtain. Directed by the Maysles brothers and Ellen Giffard; a Maysles Films, Inc. production. New York: Maysles Films, 1974. 1 videocassette (VHS) (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
    Meyer Reserves ZVC 1979

    Documents the construction of the Mammoth Valley curtain, a 500 foot-high veil stretched across Rifle Gap.

  • Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California (1972-76)

    Running Fence: Christo's Project for Sonoma and Marin Counties: State of California 1972-76. A Maysles film production; a film by David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, Albert Maysles. New York: Maysles Films, 1978, c1977. 1 videocassette (VHS) (58 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
    Meyer Reserves ZVC 1980

    Follows Christo and Jeanne-Claude from concept to building of a 24.5-mile-long, 18-ft. high fence of white fabric across Sonoma and Marin counties. The project took nearly 4 years to complete.

  • The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris (1975-85)

    Christo in Paris. By David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Deborah Dickson, Susan Froemke. New York: Maysles Films, Inc., 1990. 1 videocassette (58 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
    Meyer Reserves ZVC

    Chronicles the struggle of Christo and Jeanne-Claude to gain permission to wrap the Pont-Neuf. Shows the bridge as it was being wrapped and the reactions and dialog inspired by the installation.

  • Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida (1980-93)

    Islands. A Maysles Films, Inc. C. Zwerin production; a film by Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, David Maysles. New York: Maysles Films, 1986. 1 videocassette (VHS) (57 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
    Meyer Reserves ZVC 1977

    Documentary of the Christos' project to surround for two weeks several islands in Biscayne Bay with pink polypropylene fabric. Includes footage of two other projects, the Pont-Neuf and the Reichstag.

  • The Umbrellas, Japan-U.S.A. (1984-91)

    Umbrellas. A Maysles Film. New York: Maysles Films, 1995. 1 videocassette (80 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
    Meyer Reserves ZVC 14176

    Includes installation footage and interviews with Christo and a number of people in both California and Japan who give their thoughts about the project.


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