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New season – New highlights: Christo & Jeanne-Claude 'Store Front (Project)'


Christo & Jeanne-Claude

– an innovative artist couple


For more than 50 years the two artists, Christo (1935–2020) and Jeanne–Claude (1935–2009), worked together as ‘Team Christo’. Their gigantic and astounding art projects involving wrappings of both urban and natural landmarks have made them world-famous. They have mastered the creative process from idea to implementation and documentation.


The couple met as early as 1958 in Paris, where Christo had come into contact with Western European art in the form of Nouveau Réalisme. They settled permanently in New York in 1964 and used the city as a reference point for the art projects that took them all across the world. That same year Christo started their iconic series ‘Store Front’, which used windows and doors covered with paper or draped in fabric to create architectural sculptures. Unlike earlier works, this series redefined the interior/exterior relationship. Their first three Store Fronts were executed for exhibitions in New York, Paris and Toulouse. After that, ‘Orange Store Front’ was created and then ‘Yellow Store Front’. For these projects, Christo used old wooden panels, doors and fixtures from demolition sites in Lower Manhattan, which gave the pieces a patinated look. The series was finished with the art project ‘Corridor Store Front’, shown at the international exhibition Documenta 4 in Kassel, Germany, 1968. The installation stretched over an area of 140 square meters. Before these projects were installed in real life, the artworks created in the Christo studio are considered the most important steps in his creative process. They are of great value as documentation of the projects’ artistic development and should be considered as separate works.



To be sold at Contemporary Art & Design
Viewing 27 October – 1 November, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm.
Open Mon – Fri 11 am – 6 pm, Sat – Sun 11 am – 5 am.
Auction 2 November, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm.
Catalogue online 20 October.


Read more about the upcoming auction
Signed Christo and dated -64. Wood, fabric, mylar, masonite, wire mesh, enamel paint, card board, papper, charcoal, pencil, 122.3 x 90 x 13 cm. Estimate 2 000 000 – 2 500 000 SEK.



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