Artist known for massive public projects, dies

WaTimes: NEW YORK — Christo, known for massive, ephemeral public arts projects died Sunday at his home in New York. He was 84.

His death was announced on Twitter and the artist’s web page. No cause of death was given.

Along with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, the artists careers were defined by their ambitious art projects that quickly disappeared soon after they were erected. In 2001, he installed more than 7,500 vinyl gates in New York’s Central Park and and wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin in fabric with an aluminum sheen in 1995. Their self-financed $26 million Umbrellas project erected 1,340 blue umbrellas installed in Japan and 1,760 blue umbrellas in Southern California in 1991. more

17 Comments on Artist known for massive public projects, dies

  1. Guess I’m a philistine, I just don’t get his “art”….I lived and traveled in Ca. when the umbrellas were installed up and down the state. In my memory, they were yellow, not blue. Most that I saw were positioned with no access, so you couldn’t even use as shelter from the sun.

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  2. His “Art” was nothing but a ridiculous waste of time and money, not to mention a public eyesore. Good riddance.

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  3. I remember watching him pull a shower curtain across the highway in Colorado. The wind promptly tore the hell out of it.

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  4. I remember when He wrapped the Islands around Miami in Pink..

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Libtard question the money spent

    on this sh*t…You know, instead of “Heppin the Chirruns”

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  5. Some people may not be so good at their art or craft but are supreme masters of self-promotion.

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  6. His art was wonderful. Very whimsical, like morning dew.

    When I lived in Canon City, he was scheduled, after literally 20 years of environmental bullshit, to stretch canvas over the Arkansas River. The drawings looked pretty fucking cool. The wackos finally killed when in reality there would have been no damage.

    Too bad, would have been a huge boon for the area.

    God speed Dude.

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  7. Art like food is subjective. His money, his parade. I wonder if DeBlasio will list him as dying from corona – may as well get his money’s worth out of the dead artist.

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  8. Warhol said it best: Modern art is what you can get away with

    It is the art of selling someone on the idea that these four sticks you arranged on a plate is worth two hundred thou

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  9. He did ‘installations’ and the public called it art. They were tourist attractions that benefitted the areas that hosted them –including the local galleries and museums that offered real art for these same tourists to look at.

    I think it was fun and harmless stuff that usually paid off for the venues. Do I think it was profound or great art? Not so much.

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  10. Yeah, I remember the stupid orange flags impeding the view in Central Park.

    My laundry hanging on the clothesline is more interesting and artful if I say so myself.

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