Artist Jeanne-Claude, Wife of Christo, Dead at 74

She made her mark creating giant environmental artworks with husband
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 12:29 PM CST
Artist Jeanne-Claude, Wife of Christo, Dead at 74
Artist Jeanne-Claude, who died today at 74.   (AP Photo)

Jeanne-Claude, the artist who with her husband, Christo, traveled the globe creating massive works of public art, died yesterday in New York at age 74 after a brain aneurysm. Christo and Jean-Claude first caught the public eye in the 1960s and '70s in Europe wrapping landmark buildings and bridges in colorful fabric, the New York Times reports. They recently installed thousands of saffron-colored gates in Central Park in New York.

Jeanne-Claude was born in Casablanca in 1935, and met Christo in Paris in 1958. They moved to New York in 1964. A family statement from Christo says he is “committed to honor the promise they made to each other many years ago: that the art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude would continue,” the AP reports. Jeanne-Claude’s joy in her work was always apparent. When asked once what her favorite project was, she replied “the next one.” (More Christo stories.)

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