(Bulgaria, United States of America 13 Jun 1935– )
34.5 x 25.5 x 4.5cm
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.
Plastic fantastic!, Museum of Contemporary Art, 24 May 1997–08 Aug 1997.
40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 02 Oct 2009–14 Feb 2010.
John Kaldor Family Collection Artist Rooms #1 - Christo, Gosford Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 01 Feb 2013–01 Apr 2013.