Jeanne-Claude, Artistic and Life Partner of Christo, Is Dead

11/19/2009 1:20 PM |

Jeanne-Claude and Christo

Jeanne-Claude, who with her husband made up the artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude (whom New Yorkers will remember for their orange Gates in Central Park) died last night. According to The Associated Press she succumbed to complications from a brain aneurysm, she was 74.

The French artist was best known for her works with husband Christo that often involved draping large monuments, buildings and landscapes in fabric—the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, a stretch of coast in Sydney, Pont Neuf in Paris, for instance. A family statement explained that the pair’s two current works-in-progress (one in Colorado, the other in the United Arab Emirates), will continue as planned, though they’ll clearly have a more solemn emotional impact than the usual giddy wonder the duo’s spectacular installations evoke. (ArtsBeat)