Christo Wrapped The World
By | March 4, 2022
In a sense, Christo was both the individual and the team of Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and his wife Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon. Jeanne-Claude and Vladimirov, who were born on the same day in different countries (Christo in Bulgaria and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco), met in Paris in 1958; he was there painting a portrait of her mother, Précilda de Guillebon. The couple worked on their installations together, under his name at first in order to simplify their brand and establish their artistic reputation, then later working under “Christo and Jeanne-Claude.” As a team, they dreamed up the projects, and then Christo sketched their ideas and created preliminary works. In order to pay for the eventual installations, they sold the preparatory works. Once everything was ready to go, they hired assistants to wrap the objects which required wrapping.
Making A Statement
Christo and Jeanne-Claude had their first show in Cologne in 1961. This show was the first exhibit of the work they would come to be known for: wrapped items, oil barrels, and large-scale items. Then, in 1962, they created Iron Curtain using 240 oil barrels to block an alley for several hours as a response to the Berlin Wall.