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John Kaldor Family Collection artist room

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia 1969, Art Gallery of NSW collection, gift of Chandler Coventry 1972 © Christo 1969 Photo: Harry Shunk

Christo is known, with his life and work partner Jeanne-Claude (1935–2009), for ‘wrapping’ public monuments, buildings and features of the landscape as well as his own projects wrapping smaller objects.

Born in 1935 in Bulgaria and now living and working in New York, he began this technique – which recalls drapery from classical sculpture and painting – in the late 1950s. Whether small or almost unimaginably large, these everyday pieces of the world when veiled become unfamiliar, mysterious, magical.

In 1969, Christo and Jeanne-Claude directed a team of mountain climbers, workers and volunteers in wrapping 2.5 kilometres of Sydney coastline with more than 90,000 square metres of fabric. It was not only the first Kaldor Public Art Project but one of the most important early environmental or land art works anywhere in the world and the largest single artwork that had ever been made.

This display from the Art Gallery of NSW, which includes the John Kaldor Family Collection, features photographs and maquettes for this groundbreaking project, as well as other historic works and individual sculptures.

It is the first in an intended series of touring 'artist rooms’ drawing on the Kaldor collection, which represents a number of great international artists in depth. Each show will bring together a wealth of work over a number of years by an individual artist of note.

1 February 2013 – 1 April 2013Gosford Regional Gallery
4 July 2013 – 25 August 2013Glasshouse
13 September 2013 – 21 October 2013Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
9 December 2013 – 26 January 2014Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Contemporary app

Christo and his work Packed Coast, One Million Square Feet, Project for Australia 1969 are part of the Gallery’s free Contemporary app for iPad