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Valley Curtain (Project for Colorado)

In order to finance their large environmental installations, Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, sold prints, drawings, scale models, and diagrams for their proposed projects. Because of the ephemeral nature of his work, Christo noted that “only the preparatory drawings, and collages are left, giving my works an almost legendary character.” Valley Curtain—their first completed project in the United States—featured 142,000 square feet of orange nylon fabric attached by four steel cables. It took almost one hundred people to install (on its second attempt) and twenty-eight months to complete. Located in the Grand Hogback Mountain Range, near Rifle, Colorado, Valley Curtain had to be removed after only twenty-eight hours due to gale force winds. By working within the confines of an existing landscape—natural or manmade—Christo uses his sculptures to renew our visual appreciation of the world around us.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes two prints from his (Some) Not Realized Projects series (Eskenazi Museum of Art 72.69.1-.2).

American (born Bulgaria), born 1935
French (active in the United States), 1935–2009
Valley Curtain (Project for Colorado)
Graphite, fabric, wax crayon, tape, gouache, staples, and photocopy on paperboard
Image/sheet: 27 ½ x 21 ¾ in. (69.9 x 55.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 75.41.2

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