The Gallery at Windsor Showcases Exclusive Exhibit of Works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude From The Weston Collection
The Gallery at Windsor, an independent art space within Vero Beach’s private Windsor luxury residential community, presents an exclusive exhibit of works by monumental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude from The Weston Collection.
Throughout their lives, Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and his wife and artistic partner, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, created a series of large-scale environmental artworks in urban and rural sites worldwide. The couple’s projects heralded the first wave of installation art, a practice that extends to the present and predominates much of contemporary artmaking. Notable, internationally renowned projects include Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin; Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado; The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris and Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Miami.
About two dozen works depicting projects created between the 1960s and 1990s are now on display in The Gallery at Windsor, which is a small portion of the private collection of W. Galen and Hilary Weston, founders of the Windsor community.
“Large in scale, the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude often involved the collaboration of so many people making them far from private, yet they were often so personal,” said Jonathan Henery, studio manager and the artists’ nephew. “This exhibit at Windsor is intended to create a new relationship with contemporary art and challenge the perception of the locations in each piece. These works will outlive us, as does art in general, and pay tribute to both Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s legacy.”
Showcased among the preparatory drawings and collages on display in The Gallery at Windsor are recognized projects of Christo and Jeanne-Claude including The Umbrellas, Japan, and U.S.A.; Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland; Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Florida; Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado; and The Gates, Central Park, New York. The selection also includes a number of works depicting the artists’ unrealized projects and photographs of completed works in situ, dating from the 1960s to late 1990s.
Christo passed away in May 2020. Jeanne-Claude preceded him in death in 2009. Christo once stated that the purpose of their artworks – visually impressive and often controversial due to their scale – was to create joy and beauty and encourage new ways of seeing familiar landscapes.
The exhibition will be on display for Windsor members only at The Gallery until April 30, 2021. For more information visit windsorflorida.com.
About The Gallery at Windsor
Founded in 2002, The Gallery at Windsor is an independent art space at the heart of the Windsor community. The Gallery annually invites curators to respond to the space with museum-quality shows of contemporary art. The Hon. Hilary M. Weston serves as Creative Director for The Gallery. The Gallery has exhibited works by leading contemporary artists including Ed Ruscha, Bruce Weber, Peter Doig, Alex Katz, Per Kirkeby , and Christopher Le Brun, among others. In April 2011, a three-year collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, London realized exhibitions by Beatriz Milhazes, Gert & Uwe Tobias, and American Icon Jasper Johns. In 2018 The Gallery’s first exhibition in a three-year collaboration with the Royal Academy, London featured the provocative Grayson Perry and was followed by celebrated British artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin. The exhibition titled Present Sense marked the Gallery’s first exhibition to include outdoor sculpture. The final exhibition in the series with the Royal Academy presented the bold works of Rose Wylie. windsorflorida.com/the-gallery
Windsor is a private residential sporting club community spanning 425 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in several styles including village homes, cottages, and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living. Residents enjoy privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services and sporting activities. windsorflorida.com
About the Artists
Christo, who was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude, originally from Morocco of a French military family, seemed destined to live and create together, as they were born on the same day in 1935. Christo studied art in Sofia, Bulgaria, and in Prague. Jeanne-Claude studied Latin and philosophy in Tunis. They met in Paris in 1958 and went on to create an impressive body of monumental, deliberately temporary works together. Jeanne-Claude died, aged 74, on November 18, 2009. Until his own recent death on May 31, 2020, at age 84, Christo continued to work under both the artists’ names. Throughout their 51-year relationship, they paid all expenses associated with their artworks, including planning, construction, and de-construction, entirely from the sale of Christo’s preliminary drawings, early works from the 1950s and 1960s and lithographs. They accepted no contributions, grants or other financial assistance, preferring to make their decisions separate from any potential influence of financial backers. Their works involved years of planning, meetings and hearings held by governments and communities for approval of their projects. The artists’ works are held in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Musée d’art modern et d’art contemporain in Nice, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others.