5 works that defined the life and career of Bulgarian artist Christo

Bulgarian-born artist Christo dead at 84

The news was announced via the artist's Twitter account. No cause of death was given.

ELLEN BAUDER: I don't particularly consider it an art project.

Some of their best known work included Wrapped Coast, Little Bay in Sydney, Australia (1968-69), Valley Curtain in Colorado (1970-72), Running Fence in California (1972-76), Surrounded Islands in Miami (1980-83), The Pont Neuf Wrapped in Paris (1975-85), The Umbrellas in Japan and California (1984-91), Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin (1972-95), The Gates in New York's Central Park (1979-2005), The Floating Piers at Italy's Lake Iseo (2014-16), and The London Mastaba on London's Serpentine Lake (2016-18). The project was marred by tragedy. A planned work, L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, will be made posthumously in accordance with both artists' wishes in Paris next year.

"Christo lived his life to the fullest, not exclusively dreaming up what appeared unattainable however realizing it. Christo and Jeanne-Claude's art work introduced folks collectively in shared experiences throughout the globe, and their work lives on in our hearts and recollections", learn the assertion on Christo's Fb account.

The statement adds, "Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always made clear that their artworks in progress be continued after their deaths".

Christo, who was known exclusively by his first name throughout his career, was born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Bulgaria in 1935. Christo met Jeanne-Claude in Paris in 1958.

Bulgarian-born artist Christo dead at 84

Born Christo Vladimirov Javacheffin in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, on June 13, 1935-the same birthday as Jeanne-Claude-Christo's father ran a fabric factory and his mother was a secretary at Sofia's National Academy of Arts.

Christo was already wrapping smaller found objects, such as cars and furniture. Within three years, they were working together on an installation of oil drums and tarp on the docks in Cologne, Germany.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work can even be celebrated in Paris with a serious exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou beginning in July.

Although their large-scale outdoor and indoor projects were collaborative, they were all credited exclusively to Christo until 1994, when they revealed Jeanne-Claude's contributions.

"The artists temporarily use one part of the environment". "Like classical sculpture, all our wrapped projects are not solid buildings; they are moving with the wind, they are breathing", Christo told The Art Newspaper in 2018.

The two artists moved to NY in 1964, where they later bought a building in the SoHo neighborhood. The duo prepared their large-scale wrapping artworks years, sometimes decades, before anything was ever actually built; Christo's The Mastaba (Project for United Arab Emirates), a passion project that would have bundled 410,000 colorful barrels into a massive trapezoid, was conceived of in 1977 and still has yet to be assembled. His artistic oeuvre was defined by his collaborations with his wife Jeanne-Claude, who passed away in 2009. He said he missed all of that very much.

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