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Christo and Jeanne-Claude
LOT ID: 81788
Lower Manhattan Wrapped Buildings, Project for 2 Broadway, 20 Exchange Place, 1990

Lithograph, with collage of fabric, thread, city map, masking tape and hand additions, on Arches Cover paper
40 х 26 in. (101.6 x 66.04 cm.)
Signed, and numbered in pencil 22/125
Edition 22/125
Foundry/Publisher J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Ltd., Chicago, printed by Landfall Press, Chicago
Lot description
Perhaps because the idea is so fantastical, the wrapped skyscrapers of Christo have remained one of his most popular subjects for collectors world-wide. But actually realizing this project has remained an elusive goal for Christo. In 1964 when the artist first arrived in New York by boat, he saw the tall buildings of Lower Manhattan and did the first collages of No. 20 Exchange Place. Later when Christo and Jeanne-Claude met the owners to request permission to realize the project the answer was negative and remains so today. This marvelous collaged print shows several wrapped skyscrapers: 2 Exchange Place and No. 2 Broadway as they might look from the water. This example is in MINT condition, unframed.

Christo (born Javashev Christo) is best known for producing enormous packaging projects: he wraps parks, buildings, and entire outdoor landscapes. Christo has collaborated with his wife Jeanne-Claude for over 40 years on these projects. The two earn the huge amounts of money required to execute their monumental works by executing and then selling preparatory drawings to collectors and dealers.


Believing that people should have intense and memorable experiences of art outside the institution of the museum, Christo typically creates temporary wrappings -- generally lasting several weeks -- on a vast scale. Borrowing land, structures, and spaces used and built by the public (and, therefore, already laden with a history of associations and connotations), he momentarily intervenes in the local population’s daily rhythm in order to create "gentle disturbances" intended to refocus citizens' impressions. Such disturbances force each local participant/viewer to examine the way that social interaction becomes entrenched in routine and is consequently deadened.

In Christo’s printed and three-dimensional work, Christo wraps an object, challenging the viewer to accurately remember the concealed object and giving it the notion of rarity because it is inaccessible. Nine documentary films were made about the projects of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. One of their most famous projects is Running Fence, which they constructed in Sonoma and Marin Counties, California. Christo and Jeanne-Claude accept no sponsors, they pay for all their expenses for their projects with their own funds. Their work has been included in museum exhibitions in the United States, Australia, Europe and Israel, and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art , the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.
Lower Manhattan Wrapped Buildings, Project for 2 Broadway, 20 Exchange Place by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
  • Lower Manhattan Wrapped Buildings, Project for 2 Broadway, 20 Exchange Place by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
  • Lower Manhattan Wrapped Buildings, Project for 2 Broadway, 20 Exchange Place by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
  • Lower Manhattan Wrapped Buildings, Project for 2 Broadway, 20 Exchange Place by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
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