The first survey mounted in the United States encompassing four decades of work by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. From early wrapped objects to monumental outdoor projects such as The Umbrellas, Japan-U.S.A., 1984-91, and Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95, the artists have used fabric to transcend the traditional bounds of painting, drawing, sculpture, and architecture.
FOUR DECADES OF ART
The first survey mounted in the United States encompassing four decades of work by Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be on view at the La Jolla location of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego from September 22, 2002 through January 5, 2003. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Vogel Collection from the National Gallery of Art will display some of the most visually breathtaking works of art in the twentieth-century.
From early wrapped objects to monumental outdoor projects such as The Umbrellas, Japan-U.S.A., 1984-91, and Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95, the artists have used fabric to transcend the traditional bounds of painting, drawing, sculpture, and architecture.
Spanning forty years in the artists' joint career, this exhibition will feature sixty-one objects, including several early wrapped packages, models for large-scale public works, preparatory drawings and collages for projects in urban and rural sites, and photographs of completed projects. The variety of media and the breadth of the work offer a unique overview of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's career, tracing the development from the contained forms toward the freer, more open structures that approach tensile architecture. Included in the exhibition are preparatory drawings and collages for the Valley Curtain 1970-72, in which a bright orange fabric curtain was suspended in a mountain valley set against the blue Colorado sky; Surrounded Islands 1980-83, in which 6.5 million square feet of bright pink woven fabric floated to surround eleven islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay; and The Pont Neuf Wrapped 1975-85, in which the oldest bridge in Paris was wrapped with 440,000 square feet of golden sandstone polyamide fabric and eight miles of rope.
This exhibition represents the long friendship between the artists and the collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, which began in 1971, during the planning of the Valley Curtain project. Their close relationship produced the largest collection of works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude assembled by private hands in the U.S., and it was subsequently donated to the National Gallery of Art.
Along with the exhibition from the National Gallery of Art, MCA will also display Christo in the David C. Copley Collection. This exhibition includes a wide range of works by Christo, drawn from the most important private collection of the artist's work in the Western United States. Longtime Christo collector David C. Copley has assembled a diverse collection of drawings and collages that document the range of Christo's preparatory works, from his wrapped object sculptures of the 1960s to the large-scale urban and rural public art projects conceived by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Among the works featured in the exhibition (most never before exhibited publicly) are preparatory collages and drawings for such important projects as Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76; The Umbrellas, Japan-USA, 1984-91; and the Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1975-95. These works in the Copley Collection-all of which are promised gifts to MCA-will be accompanied by several additional Christo works from the Museum's collection, including the life-size, illuminated sculpture Store Front, 1965-1966. Together, the two- and three-dimensional works in this exhibition provide a local complement to and context for the simultaneous exhibition, Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Vogel Collection from the National Gallery of Art.
The San Diego presentation of Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Vogel Collection from the National Gallery of Art has been made possible thanks to a generous contribution from David C. Copley.
Image: CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE: VALLEY CURTAIN, GRAND HOGBACK, RIFLE, COLORADO, 1970-72, COLOR PHOTOGRAPH BY WOLFGANG VOLZ, MOUNTED ON ALUMINUM PANEL, 62 X 78 INCHES, NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, PROMISED GIFT OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR IN HONOR OF DOROTHY AND HERBERT VOGEL.
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