Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence


By (author) Brian O'Doherty, Contributions by G. Wayne Clough, Contributions by Edwin C. Anderson, Contributions by Elizabeth Broun

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 178 pages
  • Dimensions: 257mm x 310mm x 20mm | 1,542g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520266463
  • ISBN 13: 9780520266469
  • Illustrations note: 60 color illustrations and 50 b/w photographs
  • Sales rank: 1,359,895

Product description

In September 1976, a curtain of shimmering white was unfurled across the hills of rural northern California, running unbroken for 24.5 miles from Sonoma County to the Pacific Ocean. The artistic vision of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "Running Fence" was 18 feet high and traversed the private properties of 59 ranchers. Although it remained in place for just two weeks, the process of planning it consumed nearly four years, and the installation required helicopters, barges, lawyers, and more than 300 Bay Area students and workers. This beautiful book, companion volume to the exhibition of the same name, tells the story of this legendary art installation. Illustrated throughout with graphic representations and stunning photographs, Christo and Jeanne-Claude recounts how two artists who were complete strangers to the area gradually enlisted the support of entire communities in order to make their vision a reality. Brian O'Doherty's insightful essay considers the legacy of "The Running Fence", while remembrances from other contributors, including the artists' California attorney provide as full an experience of "Running Fence" as is possible, short of actually having been there. This title is copublished by Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Author information

Brian O'Doherty is an artist and writer and is the author of Inside the White Cube: Ideologies of Gallery Space (UC Press).

Review quote

"Anchored with a level-headed essay by artist and novelist Brian O'Doherty, the book collects scores of photographs of the work completed and in progress." San Francisco Chronicle 20100627 "We are treated to preliminary sketches by Christo, photographs that document the process of the creation of the art installation, and an astute essay by Brian O'Doherty." The Magazine 20101201