Kenyon College

Christo (American b. Bulgaria 1935) & Jeanne-Claude (French 1935-2009)


Christo, a Bulgarian born American artist, and Jean-Claude, a Moroccan born American artist, joined forces in 1961 and worked together for five decades “wrapping” landmarks, landscapes, and islands. Their expansive projects, unmatched in size and scope, are generally defined as site-specific art or environmental art. Christo studied at the Fine Art Academy in Sofia in the 1950s and then moved to Vienna, Paris (where he met Jean- Claude) and then New York. He began experimenting with packages and wrapped objects in 1958 as a reaction against abstraction. In time, his projects grew in size, duration, and scope becoming public endeavours involving hundreds of participants. Christo and Jean-Claude have declared that their works are more about process than product, where public discussions, applying for permits, working with environmental agencies, and raising funds are part of the work of art, and the realized exhibition is only a final chapter of a process based concept.

Photo: Christo & Jeanne-Claude Official Facebook Page



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