Foreword by Tim Whalen. Texts by Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, Emma Richardson
This volume explores the fascinating story behind the making of De Wain Valentine's Gray Column, from its original concept to its display at the Getty, which marked the first time the piece was installed as the artist intended standing vertically. The book includes a short essay, a conversation with the artist and a wealth of stunning archival images taken during the creation of Gray Column . 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.