Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Pont Neuf wrapped up

Valley Curtain 1972 (USA)
Bruce McAllister, 1936-, Photographer (NARA record: 3823134) - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The Floating Piers
Marcio De Assis - Own work
 Born on the same day in in 1935

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude were a married couple who created environmental works of art. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day, June 13, 1935; Christo in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. They first met in Paris in October 1958 when Christo painted a portrait of Jeanne-Claude's mother. They then fell in love through creating art work together.

Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile (39 km)-long artwork called Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park.

Credit was given to "Christo" only, until 1994, when the outdoor works and large indoor installations were retroactively credited to "Christo and Jeanne-Claude.”  They flew in separate planes: in case one crashed, the other could continue their work.

Jeanne-Claude died, aged 74, on November 18, 2009, from complications of a brain aneurysm.




1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

Those works are definitely interesting! I've heard of art installations like this, but this is my first experience. Thank you for sharing this.