Take a peek inside our latest Revue, dedicated to Christo.
Over 178 pages - a few of which you can catch a glimpse of here - this special issue presents photographs published for the first time, essays by Matthias Koddenberg, Ingrid D. Rowland, Lorenza Giovanelli, and Bernard Blistène, and the last interview of the artist, recorded on 22 May, 2020, just nine days before Christo passed away.
Christo selected works that have never or only rarely been shown before - especially those related to architecture or his ‘Wrapped Trees’ - for this issue, which is also the last publication he created. Christo also created the cover especially for Cahiers d’Art, and a suite of 9 unique works using his painted handprint.
In his final interview, on pages 6 through 15, Christo discusses with Lorenza Giovanelli, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Staffan Ahrenberg the importance of his hands and handprints:
“When I arrived in Paris in 1958, I’d just started to learn French and to read Sartre and Camus. I was fascinated by ‘L’Étranger’ by Camus, the first book I read in French: Who was he? Who was ‘L’Étranger’? That same year I did a painting that shows my handprint stamped on a piece of paper, and on top of the canvas it reads “L’Étranger.” [This painting, held in a private collection, is reproduced alongside other exclusive images in the Revue.]… It’s incredible how much time has passed: 1958! That painting was not inspired by Camus’ book alone, it originated from many things: I was born a foreigner, yet I was a political refugee, I was stateless, and, not least, I can’t remember how many times, after I escaped from Bulgaria, I was fingerprinted! Each time I had to cross a border and, of course, each time I needed a refugee card. “My” ‘L’Étranger’ really tells a lot about my life in those days.”
📷 CVJ Corporation on behalf of the Estate of Christo V. Javacheff & Cahiers d’Art, Paris
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