Christo Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude de Guillebon were known as the artist duo Christo and Jeanne Claude. They are best remembered for their monumental side-specific installations and the wrapping of landmark buildings, bridges and outdoor spaces.Read More
Christo matured the idea of packing objects since his arrival in Paris in 1956 at the age of twenty-three. In 1958, he met Jeanne- Claude, who remained at his side for the rest of his life, as she was the extraordinary organizer of the impressive logistics necessary for their realization.
Their vast ephemeral projects across Europe and the US, each one existing for no more than several weeks, often required several decades of planning and execution through detailed drawing before they came into fruition. The pair self-financed their art through the sale of Christo's preparatory studies and early works from the '50s and '60s, and they refused grants, sponsorships, or volunteer labor in order to maintain creative freedom.
Text courtesy Dep Art Gallery.
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