Christo and Jeanne-Claude, ‘Package on Carozza, Project for A. Berlingieri, Taranto, South Italy’, 1984, Caviar20

Printers Proof.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are two of the most ambitious and audacious artists of the 20th century.

Amazingly they were both born on June 13, 1935. Jeanne-Claude passed away in late 2009.

While Christo continues to work today, their projects, both realized and proposed, are stunning hybrid examples of land art, installation and public sculpture.

Some of their most astounding works include wrapping the Pont-Neuf bridge in Pairs and the Reichstag in Berlin.

In 2005 they unveiled "The Gates" in New York City's Central Park, which had been in development since 1979!

An interesting element of their practice is the temporary nature of their work. Sites, or objects, are returned to their original state and the materials used in their signature wrapping style and recycled.

The couple for most of their career has existed outside of the traditional gallery system and have strived to be as independent and self-financed as possible.

In order to raise funds for ambitious large-scale projects, the couple has produced multiples or sold preparatory drawings.

This is a fantastic example of Christo and Jean-Claude's aesthetic and practice.

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About Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Known collectively as “Christo” until 1994, when their works were retroactively credited to both artists, Christo Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon created large-scale environmental works—both indoors and outdoors—that altered familiar landmarks and spaces. Primarily working with silken fabrics, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris, as well as other monuments and trees, in vibrant drapes. In 2005 they created a work known as The Gates in New York City’s Central Park, composed of 7,503 vinyl gates installed sequentially in the park and hung with saffron-colored swathes of nylon, which alluded to the tradition of Japanese torii gates placed at the entrances to Shinto shrines. Speaking of the ephemeral nature of their work, Christo once said, “I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.”

American, Bulgarian and Moroccan-b., 1935 and 1935 - 2009, Gabrovo, Bulgaria and Casablanca, Morocco, based in New York, New York