Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Over The River: Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, A Work in Progress
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010–JANUARY 19, 2011
Over The River: Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, A Work in Progress was an exhibition by Christo and Jeanne-Claude featuring preparatory drawings and collages for their proposed project of the same name. Over The River is a site-specific installation to take place in eight areas of a 40-mile stretch over the Arkansas River, from Salida to Cañon City, Colorado. The works on paper in this exhibition combined the silvery, luminous fabric samples to be used in the project with sketches of the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountain landscape where the work will be installed. Christo and Jeanne-Claude began work on Over The River in 1992, and Christo has continued progress on the installation following Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009. Pending approval of the temporary work of art on public land, Over The River will be exhibited above the Arkansas River for two weeks in the summer of 2013, at the earliest.
Christo (b. 1935) and Jeanne-Claude (1935–2009) have spent more than 40 years creating works of art around the world. Previous installations include Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95 Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970–72, and The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005. Jeanne-Claude passed away on November 18, 2009. Christo lives in New York.
Over The River: Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, A Work in Progress was presented in the Joseph Crescenti Family Gallery from September 28, 2010 through January 16, 2011. Christo gave an artist's talk in conjunction with his exhibition at the Flower Garage, at 1430 Delgany, across the street from MCA Denver, on Friday, November 5, 2010.
image: Christo. Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, 2010. Pencil, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Wolz, wax crayon, topographic map, fabric sample and tape, 11 x 8.5 in. ©2010 by Christo. Photograph by Andrew Grossman.