Sad news about artist Jeanne-Claude, who died last night at a New York hospital from complications of a brain aneurysm.
Jeanne-Claude was 74 and the wife, partner and collaborator of Christo. Together they made some incredible, joyous art, including wrapping the Reichstag in Germany, the Pont Neuf in Paris, the Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland, a Roman wall in Italy and Snoopy’s kennel (after Schulz drew the above cartoon). Jeanne-Claude and Christo always denied their art had any deeper meaning other than helping the viewer experience familiar landscapes from a different perspective. They always refused any sponsorship and financed all their temporary installations through the projects, including the sale of their preparatory drawings, collages, scale models and original lithographs.
According to a statement by their family, Christo is deeply saddened by Jeanne-Claude’s death but “committed to honor the promise they made to each other many years ago: The art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude will continue.” That includes 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. The Mastaba (from the Arabic word for bench) was conceived in 1977 and envisioned to be made of approximately 410,000 horizontally stacked oil barrels, 300 metres wide and 150 metres high.
This is why Jeanne-Claude will be missed: