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TV Tonight: The Gates



I'm so glad HBO officially launched a YouTube channel on Monday, because had I not been poking through their videos, I might have completely missed tonight's premiere of The Gates. The documentary traces artists Christo and Jean-Claude's 26-year-battle to convince New York City to let them set up their art installation "The Gates," a set of more than 7,500 metal gates with billowing orange fabric that wound through Central Park for 16 days in February 2005.

I've seen a previous film by the same filmmakers about Christo and Jean-Claude's "Running Fence" project, and it was a fascinating look at how hard the artists will push and how much they believe in their work — however fleeting the results might be. To check out a preview for The Gates, which airs at 10 p.m. tonight, just read more.

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