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Christo, Jeanne-Claude and New York mayor Mike Bloomberg pose for photographers in Central Park, Feb. 12, 2005
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by Charlie Finch

In his New York Times obituary for Jeanne-Claude, William Grimes felt compelled to include this caveat: "Some critics dismissed their work as a repetitive series of stunts devoid of intellectual content." I think it is a mistake to call Jeanne-Claude an "artist." She was something far more important to the culture of our times: a shameless, publicity-mad self-promoter determined to wrap the world in the small conceit of a puckish little man with a genius for drawing.