Love & War~ May 29

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The Gates / 1979-05 / 7,503 vinyl “gates” / Central Park, NYC, February 12, 2005-February 27, 2005

 

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude were a married couple who created environmental works of art. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day, June 13, 1935; Christo in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. They first met in Paris in October 1958 when Christo painted a portrait of Jeanne-Claude’s mother.
Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile (39 km)-long artwork called Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City’s Central Park.
Jeanne-Claude died, aged 74, on November 18, 2009, from complications of a brain aneurysm.  ~Wikipedia

The couple emigrated from Paris to New York in 1964. “We immediately loved New York,” Jeanne-Claude said. “As we were standing on the prow of the SS France, suddenly there it was in front of us. And Christo took me in his arms and said, ‘Do you like it? I love it! I give it to you, it’s all yours!'” (He proposed, but never got permission, to wrap several skyscrapers.)
Their relationship lasted 51 years, and they did everything together, Jeanne-Claude said, except three things: “We never fly on the same airplane… I do not draw. Christo is the one who puts on paper our ideas… And I have always deprived him of the joy of working with our accountant.”  ~The Guardian

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