Cristo New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1990. First U. S. Edition, Presumed First printing. Hardcover. Format is approximately 8.5 inches by 12 inches. 128 pages. Profusely illustrated (some in color). DJ has some wear and soiling. Text by Marina Vaizey. Includes Biography, Bibliography, Museum Collections, Illustrations, and List of Illustrations. Inscribed by Christo on the title page to Tom. Inscription reads For Tom, Christo N. Y. 1991. This was inscribed to Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, renowned as "The Godfather of Biodiversity". Acquired at auction of part of the Lovejoy family collection. Thomas Eugene Lovejoy III (August 22, 1941 – December 25, 2021) was an American ecologist who was President of the Amazon Biodiversity Center, a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and a university professor in the Environmental Science and Policy department at George Mason University. Lovejoy was the World Bank's chief biodiversity advisor and the lead specialist for environment for Latin America and the Caribbean as well as senior advisor to the president of the United Nations Foundation. In 2008, he also was the first Biodiversity Chair of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment to 2013. Previously he served as president of the Heinz Center since May 2002. Lovejoy introduced the term biological diversity to the scientific community in 1980. He was a past chair of the Scientific Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the multibillion-dollar funding mechanism for developing countries in support of their obligations under international environmental conventions. Marina Alandra Vaizey, Baroness Vaizey, CBE (née Stansky; born 16 January 1938) is an art critic and author based in the UK. Vaizey is an Anglo-American broadcaster, exhibition curator and journalist. She was educated at Radcliffe College, and Girton College, Cambridge. She was formerly Art Critic for the Financial Times and Sunday Times and editor of the Art Quarterly and Review. She has written several books on art. She now lectures including at the National Gallery and British Museum. She was a founding Trustee of the Geffrye Museum and has also been a trustee of the Imperial War Museum and the South Bank. She has also been a judge for the Turner Prize. Christo Vladimirov Javacheff (was born on June 13, 1935, in Gabrovo, Bulgaria.] Christo received private art instruction at a young age and the support of his parents, who invited visiting artists to their house. While Bulgaria was under repressive totalitarian rule, and Western art was suppressed, Christo pursued realistic painting through the mid-1950s. He was admitted into the Sofia Academy of Fine Arts in 1953 but found the school dull and stifling. Instead, he found inspiration in Skira art books, and visiting Russian professors who were older than him and once active in Russian modernism and the Soviet avant-garde. In 1956, he used an academy connection to receive permission to visit family in Prague, Amid fears of further Russian suppression in Hungary, Christo decided to flee to Vienna as a railcar stowaway. In Vienna, he stayed with a family friend (who had not expected him), studied at the Vienna Fine Arts Academy, and surrendered his passport to seek political asylum as a stateless person. There, he supported himself with commissions. At the behest of a friend relocated from Sofia, he saved up to visit Geneva in late 1957. In violation of his visa, he continued to pursue commissions (whose works he would sign with his family name, reserving his given name for more serious work) and was transformed after visiting the Kunstmuseum Basel and Kunsthaus Zürich. In January 1958, he first began to wrap things, as would become his trademark, starting with a paint can. His collection of wrapped household items would be known as his Inventory. In February 1958, Christo left for Paris, having received a visa with the assistance of a Sofia academy connection. In 1973, after 17 stateless years, Christo became a United States citizen. L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, a planned work by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, went ahead posthumously in Paris in September 2021. Condition: Very good / Good.
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