(Brooklyn): Booklyn Artists Alliance, 2005. Side-stapled volume, measuring 7.25 x 4.5 inches: , 29, . Original tan card wrappers printed letterpress in orange, black, and blue; orange felt square affixed to upper wrapper with brass fasteners; laser-printed text block with color illustrations on first and last pages. Three small staple holes and two indentations to lower wrapper.
Limited edition chapbook by two Philadelphia art students who assisted on Christo and Jean-Claude’s 2005 Central Park installation, The Gates, “earning $6.25 an hour at the very bottom of the art world food chain.” Hall and Leggio offer a day-by-day account of the installation process, marked by boredom, laziness, mild drug use (medicinal and recreational), extreme cold, and aesthetic disaffection. In his afterword, Peter Spagnuolo describes The Gates as a con -- “a perverse impulse to enforce upon the park’s seeming freedom from the grid a network of some 7,532 steel portal-forms, each draped with obscuring fabric flaps” – and applauds “the gimlet-eyed observations” of the authors. Slaves of Christo was published in a run of 500 copies: the first 125 feature a sample of the genuine Gates fabric affixed to the upper wrapper, while the remaining 375 (including this copy, 468/500) feature a “stand-in orange felt square” which conceals a portrait of the authors dancing. Sardonic commentary on one of the most recognizable public art installations of the twenty-first century, in near-fine condition.