Conceptual Art: Christo and Jeanne Claude

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Conceptual Art:
Christo and Jeanne Claude

Jefferson Manzano
ARAN 190
November 10, 2012

It only takes minutes to form an opinion about conceptual art after your first encounter with it. You either love its limitless facets or not even consider it art. Conceptual art’s origin is traced all the way back to the mid 1960’s through the mid 1970’s. There is a vast amount of artist who are associated with this movement. Alan Kaprow and Jean Tinguely, to name a few, allowed us the opportunity to stretch our mind. However, a French artist by the name of Marcel Duchamp is donned as the most influential figure of this period. He was just as influential during the pop art movement during the 1950’s.Early in the twentieth century Duchamp established the idea of Readymade. This is when an object is chosen as an artwork without any adaptations to it. The first and most famous true Readymade was Fountain, which was merely a porcelain urinal placed on a stand. Pop art allowed artist to begin to push the envelope when it came to “marketability” in art. “Conceptual Art challenges our definition of art more radically than Pop by insisting that the leap of the imagination, not the execution, is the art.”(Janson, p893) In most artworks during this period it is easy to notice that artists would reduce the materials present to a minimum in order of emphasizing that art is conceptual. Christo Javacheff took this aspect to another level with projects such as Running Fence, The Umbrellas, Wrapped Reichstag, and Surrounded Islands. These artworks have cemented his name in history books for all time.

Christo Javacheff dealt with the harsh realities of war during and early age. He was born June 13, 1935 in the small town of Gabrovo, Bulgaria. His childhood was disturbed with the invasion of Bulgaria by Nazis. Christo began his career in art at the Fine Arts Academy in the Bulgarian capital. However, the Soviet government limited Christo’s apprenticeship by demanding the...
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