Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Drawing, Venice Gallery

Located in an art gallery in the middle of Venice, I found this particular Christo drawing. Christo and Jeanne-Claude are a married couple of artists; Christo, the husband, more so as the artist; Jeanne-Claude, the wife, more so as the organizer. Their work is environmental installation art and involves wrapping major historically significant landscapes with fabric, including: Reichstag in Berlin, Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, and their most recent work in Central Park, NY. Personally this is one my favorite artist, not for their works specifically, but for their amazing exploratory drawings and blurring the fields of art and architecture. Their drawings consist of collages of fabric, painting, charcoal, pencil, pen, etc.—you can really see their explorations and expressions through their drawings—really amazing. This particular work is from one of their installations, Running Fence, in the Sonoma county of California. This is the actual drawing located on the right wall of the gallery and it can be yours for a cheap price of 110,000 euro, approximately $146,600. Offsetting the cost slightly, Christo and Jeanne-Claude pay for their installation completely out of pocket to keep the art true, using the sales of their drawings and prints to fund these outrageously-priced works of art.
Mark Gettys

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