CHRISTO (1935-) in close collaboration with his late wife JEANNE-CLAUDE (1935-2009) is considered one of the most important "installation" artists of modern times. Born in Bulgaria, he was in Europe in 1957 and became an American citizen in 1973. Around the early 1970's he came to world attention with a fresh approach to art---creating new ways of seeing the familiar landscape. His projects, then (and still) controversial and thought to be outrageous, were ambitious and unprecedented. Projects over the past forty years have included wrapping in fabric Berlin's Reichstag, Paris' Pont-Neuf, Sydney's Little Bay, Miami's Wrapped Islands, "The Gates" in New York's Central Park, "Valley Curtain" in Colorado, "The Umbrellas" in Japan and California, and last but not least, Marin and Sonoma County, California's 1976 "Running Fence", pictured here in this poster, which the artist has hand signed in black marker at top left corner. The fabric "fence" was first conceived in 1972 and was constructed from April to September 1976. It was 5.5 meters high (nearly 20 feet) and 40 km. long (about 25 miles). The project was controversial and permission to encroach on land of many ranchers and public entities was required. Christo and Jeanne-Claude often financed much or most of their not-inexpensive projects via the sale of preparatory drawings and prints, many of which sell well into six figures at world contemporary art auctions. He has been quoted as saying that his works, being for the most part temporary installations: "I am an artist, and I have to have courage ... Do you know that I don't have any artworks that exist? They all go away when they're finished. Only the preparatory drawings, and collages are left, giving my works an almost legendary character. I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain." Condition appears excellent. Although photographed flat behind glass, this will be economically shipped, rolled in a hard plastic tube for maximum safety, as the large sheet of glass would likely be damaged in transit.
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