Parnassus Books is pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to pre-order signed and/or personalized copies of Covered in Color: Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Fabrics of Freedom, illustrated by Susanna Chapman. Covered in Color will be published on August 16, 2022. All books pre-ordered from Parnassus Books will be shipped with an art print from Susanna Chapman.
Read on for important ordering information, as well as more details about the book!
All pre-orders can be signed or personalized by Susanna Chapman at no additional cost. If you would like your book personalized, please include exactly how you would like the illustrator to personalize your book in the comments section of your order. The deadline for pre-orders is Monday, August 15, 2022. Books purchased from Parnassus Books can be shipped anywhere in the U. S. and internationally.
About The Book
A vibrantly illustrated biography about visionary artist Christo, encouraging creativity, perseverance, and appreciating the beauty all around us
Christo (1935-2020) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) are renowned for their large-scale, ambitious art installations that wrapped landmarks and swaths of land in fabric, including Berlin's Wrapped Reichstag, Paris's The Pont Neuf Wrapped, and concluding with New York City's The Gates in Central Park (2005).
This lively biography chronicles Christo's humble childhood in Soviet-controlled Bulgaria--under a regime that suppressed individuality and creativity--to his international fame as a bold (and controversial) innovator in the art world. Christo discovered an early love of art and found a way to make a living out of his passion by wrapping bottles, cans, stacks of magazines, and even an air conditioner. When he met his wife, Jeanne-Claude, they moved to New York City as undocumented immigrants and became equal partners in both life and work--he, the artist, and she, the dealmaker.
Together, Christo and Jeanne-Claude made elaborate, visually stunning installations that transformed public spaces around the world, all free to the public. Christo never explained why he felt compelled to wrap things in fabric--rather, his work celebrated individual interpretation and the simple joy of seeing something familiar in a new way. And though each work was temporary, their awe-inspiring designs, uniting nature with the manmade, stayed with viewers long afterward. Covered in Color inspires readers to appreciate the beauty around us, however fleeting, and to push the boundaries of "possible."
About Susanna Chapman
Susanna Chapman illustrates, designs books, and makes murals in Nashville. She illustrated The Girl Who Ran, a picture book biography of Bobbi Gibb, which received a Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Award, as well as Elizabeth Warren's Big, Bold Plans and Ada and the Galaxies. She has a strong instinct to follow rules—even when there are no rules, so artist trouble-makers like Christo and Jeanne-Claude are very important to her. www.susannachapman.com