Friday, November 20, 2009

Loss of a Great Collaborator

Jeanne-Claude, of the collaborating group Christo and Jeanne-Claude responsible for The Gates, has passed away at 74. Here is the New York Times obituary.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work served to inspire many, and not just those in the art community. Their large and involved installations brought attention of the general public the concept of process and instillation art. I am saddened to say that I have never been able to experience one of their works in person, having just missed The Gates. However, I did come to know their work and be impressed by it at and early age. I was first introduced to Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work when I was in high school. I was at a summer program for the arts and we saw sketches of their work for Sounded Islands. What amazed me the most about these work, beyond the shocking pink, was that a single piece of art could be so large. I will never forget seeing those sketches and the feeling that anything could be accomplished.

Jeanne- Claude poetically stated that their worked expressed “the quality of love and tenderness that we human beings have for what does not last.” Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work reminds us that nothing is forever. Much time and effort is spent to enjoy only a brief moment, that moment, as with their works, is all the more special because of it temporary nature.

She will be missed and I hope Christo plans to continue with the works they had in progress.

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