Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s
large scale projects last for only brief moments but have become legendary in the imagination of the art
world. Taking fabric
as their primary medium, the artist duo are known for their ambitious textile installations that temporarily transform the urban and natural landscape. TASCHEN’s book titles on the artists’ collaboration provide a homage to their life and work and include Wolfgang Volz’s iconic photographs of their artworks along with preparatory drawings and collages.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude began their collaboration in 1961, and lived in New York City since 1964. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009; Christo died in 2020. Their large-scale projects include Wrapped Coast, Australia, 1968–69
; Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970–72
; Running Fence, Sonoma
and Marin Counties, California, 1972–76
; Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Florida, 1980–83
; The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975–85
; The Umbrellas, Japan–USA, 1984–91
; Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95
; Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997–98
; The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005
; The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014–16
and The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016–18
. Christo’s temporary work of art L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Project for Paris is scheduled for September 18–October 3, 2021.
TASCHEN books chronicle some of these projects individually, including The Gates
, and Floating Piers
, as well as drawing the artists’ oeuvre together in larger monographs.