Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Born 1935
Hometown Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Lives and Works New York, NY
Fine Arts Academy, Vienna, Austria, 1957
Fine Arts Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1956

Centre Canadien d'Architecture, Montréal, Canada
Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Kunst Museum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

Frequently controversial, the large-scale environmental sculptures by Christo and partner Jeanne-Claude force observers to question the nature of art. While their projects are visually impressive and require months or years of planning and preparation, the artists have repeatedly denied that they contain any deeper meaning than their immediate aesthetic impact. The purpose of their art, they contend, is simply to create works of art or joy and beauty and to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes.

"I am an artist, and I have to have courage," says Christo. "Do you know that I don't have any artworks that exist? They all go away when they're finished. Only the preparatory drawings, and collages are left, giving my works an almost legendary character. I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain."

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

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