Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jeanne-Claude (1935 - 2009)

Jeanne-Claude, 74, American artist, wife of Christo and resident of New York City, died suddenly November 18, 2009 as a result of of complications due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. Christo is dedicated to completing their current works in progress: Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, and The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates, as Jeanne-Claude would wish.

Together, Christo and Jeanne-Claude saw the environment with fresh eyes, and shared their vision with the rest of us, creating effects not usually seen, such as wind moving the fabric, reflections and shadows.

"The temporality of a work of art creates a feeling of fragility, vulnerability and an urgency to be seen, as well as a presence of the missing, because we know it will be gone tomorrow.

The quality of love and tenderness that human beings have towards what will not last - for instance the love and tenderness we have for childhood and our lives - is a quality we want to give to our work as an additional aesthetic quality."
- Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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