Artist Christo, known for wrapping exteriors of landmarks, dies at 84

01 Juin, 2020, 13:40 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Artist Christo dies at 84 official Facebook account

Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, known as Christo, died of natural causes on May 31 2020 at the age of 84, at his home in New York City, according to a notice on the official Facebook post of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. He is 84 years old.

His death was announced on Twitter and on the artist's website.

A statement announcing his death also indicated that the Paris project would continue: "Christo and Jeanne-Claude always explained that their ongoing art work continued after their death". In 2005, he put in greater than 7,500 saffron-colored vinyl gates in New York's Central Park.

The statement said the artist's next project, L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, will appear in September in Paris as planned.

A statement from Christo's office said: "Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it". He had begun to wrap things, such as furniture and oil drums, and they began to work together in 1961 For decades, the couple only used the name Christo, until 1994 when Jeanne-Claude was added retroactively to many works as collaborators.

Christo escaped from then-communist Bulgaria via Prague, Vienna and Geneva in 1957. It was in Paris in 1958 where he met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon. They have been born on the identical day (June 13) in the identical yr (1935), and, in keeping with him, "In the same moment" and would grow to be companions in life and art.

From early wrapped objects to monumental outdoor projects, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artwork transcended the traditional bounds of painting, sculpture and architecture.

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One of the projects created by Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude was Wrapped Reichstag, pictured at the remains of the Berlin Wall in 1995. Their first project involved covering barrels at the Port of Cologne, and the following year they barricaded a street in Paris with oil barrels.

The artists insisted that their ambitious projects were about "joy and beauty", as Jeanne-Claude once said in 2002. The decision, they said, was theirs and deliberate, as it was hard enough for even an artist to make a name for themselves. The couple moved to New York City in 1964, where Christo lived most of his life. Eventually they bought that building and would call the city their home for the rest of their lives. Jeanne-Claude died after a brain aneurysm in 2009. After her demise, Christo stated she was argumentative and really important and all the time asking questions and he missed all of that very a lot.

In a 2018 interview with The Art Newspaper, Christo spoke about his enveloping aesthetic.

'But, like classical sculpture, all our wrapped projects are not solid buildings; they are moving with the wind, they are breathing, ' he said. "The fabric is very sensual and inviting; it's like a skin".

The two made a degree of paying for all of their works on their very own and didn't settle for scholarships or donations.

"I like to be absolutely free, to be totally irrational with no justification for what I like to do", he said. 'I will not give up one centimeter of my freedom for anything'.

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