Christo, ‘The Gates (Project for Central Park, New York City)’, 1983, Phillips

Property from a Private New England Collection

(i) 11 5/8 x 28 3/8 in. (29.5 x 72.1 cm.)
(ii) 22 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. (56.5 x 71.8 cm.)

Signature: (i) signed, titled, inscribed and dated "THE GATES (Project for Central Park, New York City) 11,000 - 15,000 Gates height 150' above selected walk ways Christo 1983" lower edge; further numbered "32A" on the reverse (ii) numbered "32B" on the reverse

The Artist
Obelisk Gallery, Boston
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Christo

Christo is best known for monumental collaborations with his late partner Jeanne-Claude. The duo’s projects, such as The Gates in Central Park and Wrapped Reichstag intervened in public spaces in order to draw attention to them. “We borrow space and create gentle disturbances for a few days,” Christo once said. “We inherit everything that is inherent in the space to become part of the work of art. All our projects are like fabulous expeditions.” Since Jeanne-Claude’s passing, Christo has worked to complete unrealized projects such as Over The River, a miles-long stretch of fabric that would function as a canopy over the Arkansas River. In gallery spaces, Christo presents schematic drawings of the duo’s work, which exhibit the artist’s technical mastery and undergird their massive installations, connecting the big ideas to their inception as free-floating thoughts.

American-Bulgarian, b. 1935, Gabrovno, Bulgaria, based in New York, NY, United States