Christo, Iron Curtain – Wall of Barrels

Christo (American-Bulgarian, b. 1935)

Iron Curtain – Wall of Barrels, Rue Visconti Paris, June 1962, 1968

Medium: Color offset on cardboard

Dimensions: 70 x 54 cm

Edition of 100: Hand-signed in pencil

Series: Sheet 1 from the Monuments portfolio

Catalogue raisonné: Schellmann 13

Condition: Excellent

In stock


Christo, Iron Curtain – Wall of Barrels

“The important thing to understand is that all of our projects have a nomadic quality, things in transition, going away, they will be gone forever. And this quality is an essential part of all our work. They are airy—not heavy like stone, steel, or concrete blocks. They are passing through.”Christo Javacheff

Christo Javacheff, known simply as Christo, gained fame as part of the renowned artistic duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude, celebrated for their monumental installations using fabric or plastic. Their transformative projects, which include wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin, draping the Pont Neuf in Paris, and installing the Surrounded Islands in Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, explored the interaction between man-made and natural environments, challenging public perceptions of familiar spaces. The duo emphasized the aesthetic impact of their artworks, temporarily altering landscapes to create new, ephemeral experiences that only persisted through the preparatory drawings, prints, and multiples that documented their projects. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s art was designed to be transient, existing in a physical form for only a short period before being dismantled. Christo reflected on this aspect of their artwork by saying, “I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.” This philosophy underscored the uniqueness of their collaborations, which remained central to Christo’s career even after Jeanne-Claude’s passing in 2009. Following her death, Christo continued to realize visions they had conceived together, such as The Mastaba in London’s Hyde Park in 2018. Born in Bulgaria in 1935 and passing in 2020, Christo’s legacy is profound, characterized by a dedication to crafting visually stunning and conceptually deep works that redefined public spaces and engaged audiences worldwide. His contributions to art extend beyond the physical installations to include prints and editions that capture the essence of their temporary creations, allowing the impact of their work to endure beyond its physical presence.

More Prints by Christo

Type

Limited Edition Print

Movement

Conceptual Art, Figurative Art, Post-War Art

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