8 hours ago
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I blame no one but myself, but I was unaware until this week that Jeanne-Claude Christo had died on November 18.
For the longest time the philistine side of my brain rebelled against Christo's environmental installations. Wrapping Miami Beach in fabric. Give me a break. It took "The Gates" in New York's Central Park so soon after 9/11 to show me the light. I found it incredibly uplifting.
Jeanne-Claude was born the same day, as her husband, only minutes apart
For 51 years she was Christo's muse, manager and spokesperson. It was said they spoke with one voice, hers. They did everything but 3 things together. Jeanne-Claude explains,"They do not fly together, I do not draw, and I have deprived him of the joy of working with our accountant."
They married in 1960, and emigrated to New York in 1964.
Together they completed 19 installations. It was JC who led the good fights to get the necessary permits and approvals to continue their work.
Her complete Guardian obituary can be found here: Guardian obit