Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection

Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection

Jun 14, 2014 to Sep 14, 2014

This unique collection of works of art by renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude includes original drawings, sculptures, collages and photographs capturing the versatility, longevity and international scope of the duo’s extensive career. It is one of the largest collections of art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the United States, it was started by Tom Golden in the summer of 1974. Golden’s personal and professional relationship with the artists began during the 1974 public hearings for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project “Running Fence.” Golden continued to manage and assist with several of the artist’s large-scale projects such as “The Umbrellas” and “Over the River.” Drawings and collages of the large-scale public works, sold to fund the actual installations, are an important component of this collection.

As partners for more than 40 years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have created lasting environmental installation art throughout the world. Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile long curtain titled “Running Fence” in California, and most recently “The Gates” in New York City’s Central Park. Because their large-scale public projects are temporary, these preliminary artworks remain as evidence of these installations.

This collection represents not only the special relationship between an artist and a collector, but also the collaborative effort between the artists and the many people involved in producing the works.

Click below to watch Christo's lecture when he visted the Museum on 8/22/14.

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