Christo, ‘Wrapped Automobile (Project for 1950 Studebaker Champion Series 9G Coupe)’, 2015, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2015
Christo, ‘Wrapped Automobile (Project for 1950 Studebaker Champion Series 9G Coupe)’, 2015, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2015

AP 47/50, from an edition of 200 with 50 AP and 10 HC

Since the passing of his late partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo has continued their joint legacy by completing the unrealized projects they had planned together. Although the culmination of Christo’s projects are large-scale, site-specific installations, schematic drawings such as Wrapped Automobile reveal the careful planning involved in creating these immersive works. Christo is best known for his wrapped interventions of public spaces and famous monuments. The Gates (2005) in Central Park, New York, was the artist’s final significant project with Jeanne-Claude.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist

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, New York