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An image of Wrapped Book Modern Art by Christo

Christo

(Bulgaria, United States of America 13 Jun 1935 – )

Title
Wrapped Book Modern Art
Other titles:
Wrapped Modern Art Book
Year
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 marker ".../ Christo". Not dated.
Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2012.229
Copyright
© Christo
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Exhibition history (3)

Plastic fantastic!, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 24 May 1997–08 Aug 1997

40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Oct 2009–14 Feb 2010

John Kaldor Family Collection Artist Rooms #1 - Christo: