Inside Conceptual Artist Duo Christo + Jeanne-Claude’s Downtown NYC Home + Studio

Studio manager Lorenza Giovanelli walks us through in advance of a momentous Sotheby's auction

More than 50 years ago, following a stint at the Chelsea Hotel, world-renowned conceptual artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude moved into two floors of a slender industrial building in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood. There, they lived—and developed large-scale installations like “The Gates,” “The Umbrellas” and “The Pont Neuf Wrapped“—until Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009 and Christo’s in 2020. Though private, the residential floor frequently welcomed friends of …

Christo Unwrapped Imaginations With His Large-Scale Conceptual Artworks

As the guest of my college roommate, I watched Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “The Gates” unfurl throughout all of Central Park from the penthouse of the Pierre Hotel. A domino of saffron tumbled along the wintry landscape in an unimaginable way. The image will always be with me. The days I spent walking the park that February 2005 will, too. Long before the social, funhouse-like museums …