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Friday, January 21, 2011


The Gates: Installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in New York's Central Park

Having just seen the Maysles brothers film of the Christo and Jeanne-Claude New York City installation in Central Park of a few years back, you cannot help but admire how they overcame the tsunami of bureaucratic morons, naysayers, and people in power who take pleasure in saying no to everything, even something as innocuous as art. 25 years of persistence is admirable and rare. Maybe not in the art world but in life. The best quote in the film is an Italian couple as they are walking through the gates, “That’s New York” he says “It's beautiful even if they say it looks like a car wash.” That about sums up the art world, out of the mouths of innocents comes a certain undeniable truth. And that is what makes it art. I’m sure that Christo & Jeanne-Claude would agree.
— John Katz


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