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Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The Gates (Project for Central Park, New York City)

1983

US$390,000

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The Gates (Project for Central Park, New York City) by CHRISTO (1935 - 2020) Pencil, wax crayon, charcoal, enamel paint, pastel with fabric and map collage, in two parts 28 x 71 cm (11 x 28 inches); 56 x 71 cm (22 x 28 inches) Signed and dated upper right, Christo 1983  Executed in 1983 Provenance Private collection, Madrid The two-part piece is a preparatory work for The Gates (Project for Central Park, New York City), made by Christo with his wife Jeanne-Claude. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were a unique couple who created large-scale installations in public and natural spaces around the world. The Gates was one of the ambitious ephemeral public art projects they worked on from 1979 until 2005. 7,503 fabric panels were finally completed on 12th February 2005. Over 600 workers were involved in assembling the gates and free-hanging saffron fabric panels, and more than 5 million people saw the installation. Christo Javacheff was born in 1935 in Gabrova in Communist Bulgaria. Dropping his surname, Christo studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia (1953–56) before defecting to the West, via Prague, in 1957. That year, he spent one semester at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna and moved to Paris in 1958 where he met his future wife Moroccan-born Jeanne-Claude de Guillebon (d. 2009) and artistic collaborator.

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