Christo's Surrounded (Pink) Islands 30th Anniversary and Inspiration for Art Basel's Gator in the Bay: In 1983 international artist Christo along with the help of over 400 volunteers "surrounded" 13 islands off the coast of Miami and made Miami smile again especially on the heels of the 1980 riots. He also inspired many artists like Photographer Lloyd Goradesky and Historian Cesar Becerra who will discuss Christo's legacy and give a behind the scenes discussion of their upcoming 230 foot Art Basel Week moving installation "Gator in the Bay".
In the short span of 17 years, the first 17 years
of his life, he was known as Peter Korytowski, Pierre Engglenger and Pierre
Boivin, depending on who was hunting him at the time. Nine years old and his
world had collapsed. It was 1940 and Hitler had unleashed the Blitzkrieg--bombs
were exploding all around him, changing everything. This moment of terror catapulted
him into an epic nine-year adventure during the Second World War. He was forced
to abandon his home, his family and his childhood. Like a bad dream from which
he could not awake, he began an alternate existence -- that of a refugee, prey
for the Nazis, part of old French nobility, a resistance participant and a
rebellious orphan. But most of all, he learned how to be a survivor. Learn the
harrowing true story of Peter Kory in
from the Swastika (McFarland & Co, $42).