christo&jeanne claude

Happy 81st Birthday to Christo! 

Although best known for the monumental public artworks he created with his wife Jeanne-Claude (1935–2009, they were born on the same day), Christo has also made sculptures intended for gallery display. The first work he completed upon immigrating to the United States, “Store Front” (1964) is a meticulous facsimile of a shop façade the artist saw while visiting New York in 1963. The air conditioner above the door and an unknown object in the window have been wrapped, anticipating Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s later draping of entire works of architecture in fabric. Though the store is illuminated from within, its door remains locked and its windows covered, simultaneously inviting and denying access.