Best of CH 2021: Editors’ Favorites

Immersive films, polar bear excursions and more of our favorite features this year

Reflecting back on the year through the stories we loved most is not only a nostalgic pastime, but it also lets us highlight and appreciate some of the memorable artists, inventions and places that invigorated and sustained us along the way. This year, we came face to face with polar bears in Manitoba, delved into 3D sound, toured the studio of world-renowned conceptual artists and …

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 …