Christo's (b. 1935) early education in Soviet Socialist Realism, and his experience fleeing his home as a refugee of political revolution, informed his numerous forays into real-world politics as a primary subject and source of his artmaking.

His 35-year collaboration with the artist Jeanne-Claude, and the large-scale site-specific works they co-authored, stand out as his greatest achievements. Together, the duo created monumentally-scaled sculptures and installations that often utilized the technique of draping or wrapping large portions of existent landscapes, buildings, and industrial objects with specially engineered fabric. Christo and Jeanne-Claude made works that stand out as some of the most grandiose, ambitious, site-specific artworks ever. 


Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile-long artwork called Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park.



  • In partnership with TASCHEN Books, we offer two deluxe volumes documenting Christo and Jeanne-Claude's legendary projects The Gates and The Floating Piers. View the books.