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ARTIST : Christo

"I am an artist, and I have to have courage ... Do you know that I don't have any artworks that exist? They all go away when they're finished. Only the preparatory drawings, and collages are left, giving my works an almost legendary character. I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain."Christo

Wrapped Portrait of Jeanne-Claude by Christo

Christo

CHRISTO rare exhibition poster from 1975 Litho

CHRISTO rare exhibition poster from 1977 Litho

This 1981 portrait of Christo in New York's Central

The Gates was a site-specific work of art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The artists installed 7,503 vinyl "gates" along 23 miles (37 km) of pathways in Central Park in New York City. From each gate hung a panel of deep saffron-colored nylon fabric. The exhibit ran from February 12, 2005 through February 27, 2005.

Photo taken on February 18, 2005 from the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

They created “The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005.” It cost $21 million to construct 7, 503 saffron colored fabric gates in Central Park in N.Y.C. It took from 1979 to 2005 to raise the funds, get the workers necessary, get the correct permits, build the exhibit, etc. The project was up from Feb. 12th to the 27th in 2005. Then it was taken down.

They are contemporary artists who met and married and worked as a team until Jeanne-Claude’s death on November 18, 2009. They met in Paris, France in October 1958. They both were born on the same day - June 13, 1935. Christo Vladimirov Javacheff was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Jeanne Claude Denat de Guillebon was born in Casablanca, Morocco to French parents. They decided to just use their first names as artists.

Up until the early 1960s, it was taken for granted that all art should last forever. Then came the advent of conceptual art, and its greatest proponent, Christo Javacheff.

Over the River, current proposed work since 2009. Christo plans to cover 42 miles of the Arkansas River with luminous fabric for two weeks during the summer of 2014.