Meeting a Legend in Abu Dhabi

By Steve Clemons

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(photo credit: Wolfgang Volz)

This morning I had the pinch-myself privilege of meeting and interviewing Christo, in my view one of the great visionaries and "brands" in modern art.  He is here to give some lectures at NYU Abu Dhabi and Zayed University.

I will be posting an interview I did with him in the next day or so -- but wanted to let folks in Abu Dhabi know that there is a living legend here -- much more significant to the soul and world than Britney Spears, who performed here last night.

Very cool that Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude's project, Over the River, just received federal approval. I'll be there in Cotopaxi, Colorado at the Arkansas River -- just down from Eagle Peak Ranch -- when his installation is complete.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/personal/archive/2011/11/meeting-a-legend-in-abu-dhabi/248371/