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From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column

  • This volume explores the fascinating story behind the making of Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty, which marks the first time the piece will be installed as Valentine intended standing vertically. The book includes a short essay, a conversation with the artist and a wealth of stunning archival images taken during Gray Columns creation. Together they illustrate the extraordinary lengths Valentine undertook to develop a material that would enable him to cast colossal pieces, and the efforts needed to achieve their extremely delicate and pristine surfaces. The book includes a 30-minute DVD that recounts the project in greater detail through interviews and documentary footage.

  • Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, Emma Richardson
    32 pages, 7 x 10 inches
    10 color and 7 b/w illustrations
    DVD included hardcover

    Getty Conservation Institute