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Title

Wrapped Paintings

1968


Artist

Christo

Bulgaria, United States of America

13 Jun 1935 -


About

The surrealist artist Man Ray was the first artist to wrap objects as a way of making them strange. Wrapping has the paradoxical effect of concealing an object while accentuating its larger geometry and heightening our curiosity about it, encouraging us to make an imaginative leap in order to interpret what we see or what lies beneath.

Christo began wrapping and packaging objects in the late 1950s. His early works made use of items from daily life – such as books and boxes – which he draped, folded and bound in fabric. Later he collaborated with his wife Jeanne-Claude to wrap entire buildings and environments. While visually the folds of fabric in their works refer to classical forms from art history, the process of wrapping relates more broadly to cultural practices of preserving, shrouding and concealing.

In Wrapped Paintings we assume that the rectangular objects inside the packing are paintings but can only imagine what they look like.


Details


Date

1968


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

stretched canvases, tarpaulin, rope


Dimensions

300.0 x 162.0 x 18.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. verso, pencil "Christo 1968".


Credit

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

249.2011


Artist information

Christo

Works in the collection

17


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 42 (colour illus.), 82.

Nicholas Baume (Editor), Christo. John Kaldor Art Project, 1990, Sydney, 1990, 60 (colour illus.). cat.no.15

Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Christo', pg.62-77, Sydney, 2011, 62 (colour illus.), 64, 69 (colour illus.). illustration on page 62 is a detail

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 40 (colour illus.), 60.

Alexander Tolnay, David Bourdon, Lawrence Alloway and Wolfgang Volz, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: early works 1958-1969, Berlin, 2001.