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September 13, 2011–March 11, 2012 at the Getty Center

Publication: From Start to Finish

From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column
Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson

This publication 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 Column's 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.

(Getty Conservation Institute, $24.95, hardcover)

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