Artistic Interventions in the Landscape

Some artists venture into the landscape and use the land itself, or temporary additions to the environment, in their work.  Artist duo Christo and his late partner Jeanne-Claude have completed large-scale interventions in the environment, surrounding islands and wrapping trees and buildings, erecting curtains across canyons and fabric fences running for miles, and a series of fabric “gates” in New York’s Central Park.  In 1982 artist Agnes Denes imported two hundred truckloads of soil to a two-acre landfill in lower Manhattan, where she planted and harvested a wheatfield to challenge land mismanagement, waste, and misplaced priorities.  

 

Christo (Christo Vladimirof Javacheff), American born Bulgaria, born 1935 and Jeanne-Claude (Jean-Claude Marie Denat). American, born France, 1935–2009. Christo: The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City, 2003. Inkjet printed in color on thick, moderately textured white paper. Gift of Anne Donovan Bodnar, class of 1978. SC 2015:45–8