Monday, November 23, 2009

Once upon a time...

Jeanne-Claude, 74, American artist 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 deeply saddened by the passing of his wife, partner and collaborator and is committed to honor the promise they made to each other many years ago: The art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude will continue.
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.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude met in Paris, France in November, 1958, sharing the same date of birth and have worked together for 51 years creating temporary works of art.
I am so saddened by this news. I love the artwork from Christo and Jeanne-Claude. I feel as though I have lost a close friend. I watched a documentary about their most recent project, The Gates, this weekend and it was so bittersweet to see Jeanne-Claude speak about the temporary character of their artwork. She explained that their artwork is temporary because it is an aesthetic decision to give love and tenderness to things that will not last. Jeanne-Claude compared this same experience to childhood and our own lives. She will be missed.

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