Christo in Paris

In 1983, Christo wrapped eleven islands in Biscayne Bay with more than 6 million square feel of pink floating fabric. Surrounded Islands was one of the most controversial projects that the city had ever seen, with the artist having to go to Federal court to get permission to execute his plans.

More than thirty years later, Christo returned to Miami during Art Basel, and toured the area that generated much controversy and ultimately removed more than forty tons of garbage from the Bay, employed more than 400 people, brought thousands of tourists to the area during two weeks it was on view, strengthened the city’s outlook and even its future as metropolis for the art world.

Christo’s latest project has been in the works for nearly sixty years. Last April, Christo received permission from the French government and the country’s Center for National Monuments to wrap the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous landmarks in Paris.

The project will coincide with an exhibition at the Pompidou Center that looks back on the early years that Christo and his wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude, spent in Paris. Jean-Claude died in 2009 at age 74, from complications due to a brain aneurism. 

To wrap the 164-foot tall monument, Christo will use 82,000 square feet of recyclable polypropylene fabric and 23,000 square feet of red rope.

L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, is entirely funded by Christo through the sale of his studies, drawings and collages of the project’s inception, and will be on view from April 6 through 19, 2020.

Alex Katz in Spain

Alex Katz has always marched to the beat of his own drummer…and his strong will has paid off. Last October, his 1972 painting Blue Umbrella I sold for $4.1 million at the Phillips auction house in London, a new record for his work.

While Abstract Expressionism, Op and Pop Art were trending, Katz created landscapes, still life paintings and portraits with clean lines and sophisticated colors. Ada, his wife and muse, has been the subject of more than 200 of his paintings, including Blue Umbrella.

Alex Katz
Blue Umbrella, 1972

Alex Katz is about to have his first solo exhibit in Spain, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid. The exhibit consists of about thirty large oil paintings and preparatory studies of Katz’s landscapes, flowers and portraits.

The exhibit will be on display from June 23 through October 4, 2020.

The Works of Christo and Alex Katz at VFA

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Christo or the landscapes, portraits and sculptures of Alex Katz for sale at VFA.

References:
Cecilia Rodriguez. Christo Will Wrap Paris’ Arc de Triomphe in Silver-Blue. Forbes. April 9, 2019.
Joshua Barone. Christo’s Next Project: Wrapping the Arc de Triomphe. The New York Times. April 3, 2019.