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Title

Wrapped Book Modern Art

1978

Artist

Christo

Bulgaria, United States of America

13 Jun 1935 - 31 May 2020

  • 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    L2012.229
    Copyright
    © Christo

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    Christo

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Anthony Bond OAM (Curator), Landmarks, Katoomba, 2017, 20.

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