Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jeanne-Claude 1935-2009

Jeanne-Claude was born in Casablanca, Morocco June 13, 1935. Working with her husband Christo Claude, their endeavors together brought 51 years of contemporary art all over the world.

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. In February 12, 2005, The Gates opened in Central Park in New York City. A total of 7,503 gates made of saffron color fabric were placed on paths in Central Park.

The cost of the project was $21 million US dollars which was raised entirely by Christo and Jeanne-Claude selling studies, drawings, collages, works from the 1950s to 1960s. Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg described "The Gates" as "one of the most exciting public art projects ever put on anywhere in the world - and it would never have happened with Jeanne-Claude."

The new big project is Over The River, fabric panels suspended horizontally clear of and high above the water level will follow the configuration and course of the river. This will take place between mid-July and mid-August of 2013. The art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude will continue.

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