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At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The Hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The Pont Neuf Wrapped Paris, 1975-85

Sotheby’s  announces the sale of works from the long-time New York studio and home of internationally renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the couple renown for their grand-scale site-specific environmental installations. The collection presents nearly 400 lots showcasing a range of their artistic inspirations, friendships with 20th-century artists, and the famed studio where Christo and Jeanne-Claude projected their artistic vision to the world. These friendships and connections included Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Claes Oldenburg, Marcel Duchamp, William Copley, Nam June Paik, and many more.

“Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff) and Jeanne-Claude (Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat) were both born on June 13, 1935, in Gabrovo (Bulgaria) and Casablanca (Morocco) respectively. Christo fled Communist Bulgaria, passing through Prague, Vienna and Geneva to finally settle in Paris in March 1958, and he met Jeanne-Claude in Paris that same year when they were both 23 ... It was during Christo's Parisian years that he began to experiment with wrapping, and, together with Jeanne-Claude, began to develop his monumental outdoor projects. These large-scale, immersive, and interactive works would go on to define their signature creative process throughout their careers, earning them international renown and acclaim.” (Sotheby's)

Here are a few photos to remember some of their most important projects.

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968-69



At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The Umbrellas, Japan-USA, 1984-91 / via Taschen

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Inside Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Studio / via Wide Walls

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude looking for a possible site for The Mastaba, February 1982

 

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The Umbrellas, Japan-USA, 1984-91

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At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Inside Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Studio / via Wide Walls

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Inside Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Studio / via Wide Walls

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy 2014-16

 

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005

At the Auction House | Unwrapped: The hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne Claude at The Gates, February 2005 / via Taschen



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