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Oral history interview with Christo, 1973 August 28-30

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Christo, 1935-  Search this
Cummings, Paul, 1933-  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Christo  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1 sound tape reel ; 5 in.
Transcript: 24 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 4 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Christo conducted 1973 August 28-30, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Christo speaks of his childhood in Bulgaria; his studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia, and the Vienna Fine Arts Academy in Austria; his interest in the theater and films; working as a portrait painter; Leo Castelli's legal assistance; his "Valley Curtain" and wrapped works; his expenses and documentation for projects; French vs. American artists.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Christo, 1973 August 28-30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Christo (1935-) is an environmental sculptor and conceptual artist. Full name Christo Java[t]cheff.
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Conceptual art  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Environment (Art)  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art