Artist Jeanne-Claude Has Died at 74


Christo and Jeanne-Claude in New York City, 2008. Photo by Will Ragozzino/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalArtist Jeanne-Claude, who with her husband Christo, created public art installations around the world, has died. She was 74. Her family said she died Wednesday night at a New York hospital from complications of a brain aneurysm.

Most recently, in February 2005, Jeanne-Claude and Christo created the art installation in Central Park called “The Gates.” Constructed from more than 7,500 metal gates draped with orange fabric, city officials estimated that the project brought in about 4 million visitors and generated $254 million.

The Associated Press reported that Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke with Christo on Thursday morning and offered condolences on behalf of all New Yorkers.

Editor’s Note: Art Beat talked to Jeanne-Claude and Christo this summer for a two-part series on a major installation project under development in Colorado.

Click here for Part 1.
Click here for Part 2.

We’ll have more on the life and work of Jeanne-Claude later today.