26 November, 2006

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Jeanne-Claude: I have not said a thing for thirty-five years and it is my fault. Now I have changed my mind. 1995
Gianfranco Mantegna: Of your many projects the Reichstag wrapping is the one that took the most time to be realized: nearly 23 years, right? Did you ever think that it would not happen? Why the Reichstag? And what inspired you?

Christo: First of all, you should understand that this is not only my project, it's also Jeanne-Claude's, all I do myself are the drawings . . .

Jeanne-Claude: The only things I do myself is write the checks, pay the bills and pay the taxes. Everything else is Christo and Jeanne-Claude, including the creativity. It's about time that people correct this mistake.

Christo: Of course, this project is very complex, very long. It is not only one person's work, it's really a partnership and collaboration during all these years.

Jeanne-Claude: This is why we did not want to do an interview with only Christo . . .

Christo: But with Christo and Jeanne-Claude . . . she knows better how to say things.

Jeanne-Claude: I have not said a thing for thirty-five years and it is my fault. Now I have changed my mind.



Christo: Now, many years later, in 1991, Tom Golden, again, was the project director of the yellow umbrellas in Southern California. He received a call from Sacramento, the capital of California, about a group of people who would like to see the "Umbrellas." Tom said,
"Please come," and the person said, "No, we are very strange people. You know, I was a student in Kansas City and I would like to see the 'Umbrellas.'"

They were all blind, they arrived again in a bus by the "Umbrellas" and started walking around. There were hundreds of umbrellas adjacent to the road, people could sit under the umbrellas or walk around. After half an hour they came our office, we gave them some free samples of fabric and printed material, and one of the blind people said to Tom Golden,
"I cannot believe that they are so big." Tom said "How do you know that they are so big?" He replied, "You know, the shade of the sun is so big."

Jeanne-Claude: They could feel the heat when they came from under the shade. He walked and walked and he knew the exact size.

Christo: This is how the project develops its relationship to the space . . .


the public japan-usa christo umbrella art installation

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: the Art of Interference in Central Park

3 umbrella vide


I've seen better art in a kid wrapping up a brown paper parcel in a big shop in town than I see fooling around on the coast of Sydney.




Disappearance and Photography in Post-Object Art: Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Nov, 1999 by Charles Green

Christo's latest package, 1,000,000 sq. ft. of the Australian coastline at Little Bay, near Sydney covering a frontage of approximately one mile, was realized for the period 1 to 28 November. Using a poly-propylene fabric, 35 miles of rope, two-way radios and an estimated 17,000 man-hours, and despite southerly gales and pyromaniac hooligans, Christo wrapped up rocks to a height of 84 feet. Sponsors were the Aspen Centre of Contemporary Art, Colorado, and Christo himself. [2]

These bare facts hide several stories that typify Christo and Jeanne-Claude's temporary artworks of the next three decades, and that reflect their nomadic, mobile artistic identity. Wrapped Coast, Little Bay, One Million Square Feet, Sydney, Australia was the couple's first major environmental sculpture. Even though Christo alone was credited for the work at the time, he and Jeanne-Claude worked as a team on the piece and shared responsibility for its completion. Jeanne-Claude was responsible for all of the project administration.

Beginning in the 1980s, Christo and Jeanne-Claude rigorously and sternly insisted on retrospective joint reattribution of all works from the late 1960s onward, including Wrapped Coast, Little Bay, One Million Square Feet, Sydney, Australia, even though Christo's interviews continued to carry little reference to his partner Jeanne-Claude's role in the works.


A mini-documentary about The Gates art project created by artist Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, that were in New York City's Central Park during February of 2005.

A tour of The Gates installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in New York Central Park, February 2005, with music by Alkaemy.

Enjoy these short videos featuring the unfurling of The Gates and dramatic views of Central Park from the Metropolitan Museum.


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