David Bourdon

Art critic David Bourdon’s description of the wrapping and unwrapping concept behind the art of the married couple Christo & Jeanne-Claude.

“Revelation through concealment.”

More about Christo & Jeanne-Claude: They re-evaluated landscapes all around the world and were a truly international duo: Christo was born in Bulgaria, Jeanne-Claude in Morocco; they met in Paris; and they made New York City their home. Jeanne-Claude died in 2008 and is survived by Christo, whose latest work is Floating Piers on Lake Iseo in Italy. Here’s a “true story” about the French sculptor Auguste Rodin that Christo told The Daily Telegraph last Saturday to offer a parallel to his art:

“The French sculptor Rodin had a commission to do the figure of Balzac, In the first version, Balzac was totally naked – big belly, skinny legs and many details. And what he did, Rodin, he took the cape of Balzac, put it in liquid plaster, and shrouded the figure – basically, highlighted the principle proportions of Balzac.”


Surrealism and food


Grandmother Moorhead’s Kitchen, image from the Telegraph article ‘Leonora Carrington: last of the great Surrealists’.

Today being the anniversary of the birthday of Leonora Carrington, one of my favourite British artists from the 20th century, I thought I might have another look at one of the first paintings of hers that I saw, at a 2010 exhibition entitled ‘Surreal Friends’, at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. Continue reading