The Accordion-Fold Book for The Umbrellas, Joint Project for Japan and U.S.A.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1991.
First Edition. Hardcover.
Photography by Wolfgang Volz; Foreword and Interview by Masahiko Yanagi.
Exploration of the joint exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s temporary art installation of umbrellas opened on October 9, 1991, in Ibaraki and California. The original work reflected the similarities and differences in the ways of life and the use of the land in two inland valleys – one 12 miles long in Japan and the other 18 miles long in the USA. The umbrellas in Japan were positioned close together and were colored blue to reflect the density and ecology of Japan. Umbrellas were spread out and colored yellow to reflect the vastness and relative dryness of the California landscape. The exhibition lasted 18 days and was open to the public.
For this unique artist book, Christo created a series of painted photographs - reproduced here to their original size - to further explore his vision of The Umbrellas. The panels of the accordion fold can be made to stand up and stretch out in the manner of a mural and to spiral back and forth onto themselves to enable the viewer to compare and contrast the blue and yellow landscapes created in Japan and California for the installation.Item #900723
11-3/4 x 14-1/4", pictorial paper over thick boards, 16 color panels (9 on each side) extend to 7 feet, 8 text pages.
As new with wrap-around title band front board. Still in publisher's original shipping carton (carton has been opened and is torn at entry point).