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Title

Wrapped Book Modern Art

1978


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.


Details


Other Title

Wrapped Modern Art Book


Date

1978


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

polyethylene, twine, book


Edition

71/120


Dimensions

34.5 x 25.5 x 4.5 cm


Signature & date

Signed l.l., black fibre-tipped pen ".../ Christo". Not dated.


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2012.229


Artist information

Christo

Works in the collection

17


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history