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The Great Commissioner

By Michael Young

For four decades, the dynamic arts patron John Kaldor has brought ambitious and controversial projects to Australia. 

CHRISTO & JEANNE-CLAUDE, Wrapped Coast - One Million Square Feet, 1969, 

synthetic fiber wrapped around the shore of Little Bay, Sydney. Photo by Wolfgang Wolz. Courtesy Christo.        

In late June, John Kaldor, the Hungarian-born Australian art entrepreneur had just returned from a trip to New York via London, Venice and Basel. He spent four of the five evenings he was in New York with artist-duo Christo
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