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Artwork measures 18.31 x 16.02 inches (46.5 x 40.7 cm). Framed dimensions are 17.3 x 16.10 x 2 inches (43.9 x 40.9 x 5.1 cm). The work is framed in a Plexiglas box as specified by the artists.

This 1965 mixed-media work by Christo and Jeanne-Claude is a Nouveau Réaliste documentation of the artists' acclaimed Storefront series, begun in the 1960s, in which they wrapped store windows-- a feat in which concealment became an act of creation.

Environmental installation artists Christo (b. 1935) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) are best known for "wrapping" buildings, trees, bridges, and even islands. The artistic duo has created collage drawings and other documentation of their installation art in order to raise funds for further artworks. Monumental outdoor and environmental sculptures by the team include: a wrapped fountain in Italy, swathing the Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland in fabric; the fabric "Running Fence" along the California coast; and the wrapping of one million square feet of the Australian coastline in "Wrapped Coast." The artists have garnered both positive and negative criticism for their sculptures and installations, which include the wrapping of the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris and the placing of hundreds of miles of umbrellas in a long line along the Pacific Ocean between Japan and the USA. Their wrapping of the Reichstag in Germany was meant to symbolize the union of the previously divided country. More recently, they worked on "The Gates" for Central Park in New York City. In addition to these wrapped environmental sculptures, which often require millions of dollars and hundreds of assistants to create and are funded entirely by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the artists create many collages and works on paper in preparation for each sculpture.

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Provenance:
  • Private Collection, Germany
  • Pickup Location: Germany
  • Shipping Dimensions: 17.3 x 16.1 x 2 in. (43.94 x 40.89 x 5.08 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
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