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Christo

(krĭs`tō), 1935–, Bulgarian-American artist, b. Gabrovo as Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, studied Sofia, Vienna, and Paris. His early experiments in assemblage led to his trademark device of wrapping, obscuring, or otherwise altering familiar objects or landscapes with cloth and other materials, and thus simultaneously concealing, revealing, and transforming them. From 1958 on he worked with his wife and artistic partner, Jeanne-Claude (Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon), 1935–2009, b. Casablanca, grad. Univ. of Tunis, 1952. The two met in Paris and moved to New York City in 1964. A leading figure in conceptual artconceptual art,
art movement that began in the 1960s and stresses the artist's concept rather than the art object itself. Growing out of minimalism, conceptual art turned the artist's thoughts and ideas themselves into the primary artistic medium, appealing to the spectator's
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, Christo, in collaboration with Jeanne-Claude and a team of helpers, has specialized in large-scale temporary outdoor installations. Running Fence (1976), a shimmering fabric curtain, was strung more than 24 mi (39 km) across the rolling N California landscape. Other projects have included surrounding 11 islands in Florida's Biscayne Bay with floating hot-pink fabric (1983), wrapping the Pont Neuf in Paris (1985), concurrent installations of thousands of 20-ft (6-m) tall umbrellas—blue near Tokyo and yellow near Los Angeles (1991), and wrapping Berlin's Reichstag in silvery fabric (1995). On the paths of New York City's Central Park the two created (2005) The Gates, a meandering installation of more than 7,500 rectangular, 16-ft-tall (5-m) gates, each hung, to about halfway down, with a saffron panel. The Floating Piers (2016), a saffron walkway across Italy's Lake Iseo to its main island and an islet, was Christo's first major project after Jeanne-Claude's death. The London Mastaba (2018), a 66-ft-tall (20-m) trapezoidal pyramid afloat in a Hyde Park lake that Christo's first major outdoor work in Britain, was comprised of 7,506 painted, horizontally stacked barrels.

Bibliography

See dual biography by B. Chernow (2002); studies by D. Laporte (1986), J. Schellmann and J. Benecke (1988), M. Vaizey (1990), and J. Baal-Teshuva (1995); D. and A. Maysles, dir., documentary films: Christo's Valley Curtain (1974), Running Fence (1978), Islands (1986), Christo in Paris (1990), and Umbrellas (1995).

Christo

(1935–)
Born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Bulgaria and married to Jeanne-Claude (1935–2009), who together created environmental works of art. Their work included wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris, the 24-mile Running Fences in Marin County, CA, and The Gates (illus.), in New York’s Central Park.

Christo

full name Christo Jaracheff. born 1935, US artist, born in Bulgaria; best known for works in which he wraps buildings, monuments, or natural features in canvas or plastic
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'Thirty-five years after Jeanne-Claude and I wrapped the Pont-Neuf, I can't wait to work again in Paris on the Arc de Triomphe,' 83-year-old Christo said.
Julia Sillaman, 26, claims to have improved her acne after Christo recommended she start massaging urine onto her face.
It partially opened last month for a series of evening events, and Christo said the feedback on their new home has been "very positive" so far.
Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAFsaid, "Each year, the exceptional quality and diversity of responses to the Christo and Jeanne-Claude award exemplify the innovative and pioneering spirit of visual artists in the United Arab Emirates.
At the event, Al Khamis-Kanoo said; "Since ADMAF's first collaboration with Christo in 2012 it has been clear that our missions and visions align.
Camnitzer has floated madcap ideas on Change.org previously, but his Running Fence proposal has received significantly more attention in the press--hardly surprising, given its current salience and the relative celebrity of Christo and his partner, Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009).
Making the seemingly impossible, possible, needs visionaries like Christo, the "wrapping" artist, and technical specialists like Setex-Textil GmbH.
Christo and Theo were attending the trial in Pretoria when they met the person who was to become their surrogate after a group of neighbours got together to discuss the proceedings, Sky said.
Local officials said Christo's creation attracted a daily average of 72,000 people and a total of 1.2 million visitors over the 16 days it was open.
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Christo Cocaine, 90Worcester - Christo Cocaine, 90, of Worcester passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, February 7th at UMass Memorial Hospital.