Christo, ‘The Gates (Project for Central Park, NYC)’, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

i. 30 3/4 by 12 1/4 in. (78.1 by 31.1 cm.)
ii. 30 3/4 by 26 3/4 in. (78.1 by 68 cm.)

Signature: i. signed, titled and dated 2003; signed, dated 2002 and numbered 60A on the reverse ii. signed, dated 2003 and numbered 60B on the reverse

New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Central Park, New York, August - July 2004

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 2003

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