CHRISTO (CHRISTO VLADIMIROV JAVACHEFF). (b. 1935). Bulgarian-American artist known for his monumental fabric installations. Printed TLS. (“Christo”). 1p. 4to. New York, February 1981. To Leslie-Ann.
“I am pleased to send you, for your information, a copy of the supplement we filled with Gordon Davis, to our application for a Permit to create ‘The Gates, project for Central Park’. In addition to the Environmental Impact Statement we have asked the Environmental Science Associates to prepare, as described in the supplement, we have also asked Dr. Kenneth Clark to prepare a study on what the project will mean to the people of this City. With very best thoughts…”
The son of a Bulgarian fabric manufacturer father and a mother who worked as an administrator at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Christo studied art in Prague and Vienna before moving to Paris in 1958. There he made a living painting portraits and fell in love with Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, the daughter of one of his subjects, who would become his lifelong artistic collaborator. Their first large scale work was Rideau de Fer (Iron Curtain), an unauthorized installation which protested the Berlin Wall in 1961. Eventually relocating to the United States, they staged such monumental works as Wrapped Coast, which wrapped Little Bay in Australia in 2½ kilometers of fabric, the largest such installation at the time. They went on to cover such notable landmarks as Berlins’ Reichstag and Paris’ Pont-Neuf as well as experiment with other media such as umbrellas with The Umbrellas in Japan and California.