Artist Christo dies at 84

Artist Christo dies at 84

Writer Jacqui Palumbo, JNN

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon Well known. He was 84 years old.

Together they are simply called Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and they wrap iconic landmarks in fabric, such as the New Bridge in Paris in 1985 and the German Reichstag in Berlin in 1995; In 2005, thousands of orange gates were installed in Central Park, which is the gate of the sacred torii of Japan.

Christo died on Sunday, May 31 at his New York home. Artist’s official Twitter account.

His son Cyril Christo, a photographer, film producer and animal rights activist, survived. Jeanne-Claude died of a cerebral aneurysm in 2009.

Christo: “I am a completely irrational artist”

After Christo died, he worked hard to complete their concept. In 2016, he realized their work “Floating Bridge” on Lake Iseo in Italy, which they imagined in 1970. In 16 days, golden trails appeared on the lake and were supported by 220,000 polyethylene cubes. Like many of their works, this is a successful success. During the first five days, approximately 270,000 people appeared walking on the water.

In 2018, Christo launched “London Mastaba”, a device floating on the Serpentine Lake in London, consisting of more than 7,000 oil barrels. This is the artist’s first major public outdoor event in the UK. His next work will appear in Paris in September 2021-the long-awaited parcel of the Arc de Triomphe, one of the world’s most famous war memorials. May 2020, Christo told CNN that he could n’t believe it was happening. “I never believed that we would get permission-” I was shocked. “

The statement announcing his death also indicates that the Paris project will continue: “Christo and Jeanne Claude have always made it clear that their art work will continue after death. The Arc de Triomphe (Parcel) in Paris (Paris Project) still Tracking from September 18 to October 3, 2021 in progress. “

Christo and Jenny Crowder (1976) Credit: Wolfgang Waltz

Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day on June 13, 1935. They were Christo in Bulgaria and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. ). In 1957, Christo spent a semester at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, then finally landed in Paris, and met Jeanne-Claude in 1958. He has begun packing furniture and oil barrels and other items, and in 1961 began to cooperate for decades, the couple only used the name of Christo, until 1994 Jeanne Claude (Jeanne-Claude) as his collaborator Retrospectively added to many works.

These artists insist that their ambitious work is “joy and beauty”, as Jeanne-Claude said in 2002. However, they did not create a work in a political vacuum, and their earliest cooperation was to stack oil drums on a street in Paris among the barricades to protest against the Berlin Wall.

It may be a passionate, perceptually changing experience to meet the temporarily changed land and urban style of Christo and Jenny Crowder. It will take years or even decades to achieve this goal. From concept design to completion, it took 24 years to renovate the Reichstag building; artists also regarded earlier works as part of their art, naming it the “software” period, while the “hardware” period including physical works was realized time.

Biscayne Bay, “Encircling Islands”, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83 Credit: Wolfgang Waltz / Cristo and Jenny Crowder

In 1980, the two began planning to “circle islands”, renting 11 islands in Biscayne Bay, Miami from the city for nearly $ 13,000 to surround them with bright pink polypropylene fibers.

For three years, they have worked tirelessly with employees-including lawyers, civil engineers and marine engineers, marine biologists and manatee experts-to bring their visions to life, facing many lawsuits filed by the federal government ’s barriers and wildlife care workers . The “surrounding islands” was finally unveiled in 1983, and it was considered essential to the revival of Miami as a cultural resort in the 1980s. The couple refuted any criticism of environmental issues caused by their work, insisting that they restored each site to its original state-in the “surrounding the island”, nearly 40 tons of garbage were cleared.

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Christo Once described He himself is an “educated Bulgarian Marxist who has learned to use capitalism in his art.” They are independent and avoid relying on the art world to provide financial support for their work. They provide their own funds and often sell prepared drawings.

He said at the opening ceremony of the “London Mastaba” in 2018: “We pay with money! No grants, no industry money. All these projects are initiated by us. No one asked us to do this. No one Ask us. Wrap the German Reichstag. No one asked us to install a pontoon. We decided to do exactly what we wanted. “

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