FALL 2011
GCI News
New Publications
From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column

By Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson

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This volume explores the 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 archival images taken during Gray Column's creation. Together they illustrate the extraordinary lengths Valentine went to in developing 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 thirty-minute DVD that recounts the project through interviews and documentary footage.

This publication can be ordered online through the Getty Museum Store.