Christo and the late Jeanne-Claude were a collaborative couple who created environmental works of art under the name Christo. They are best-known for their monumental wrapped pieces; including the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris, the 24 mile long Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park.
Christo's wrapped objects and packages, which he began to produce in 1958 shortly after his escape from Eastern Europe, reflect his first impressions of Western commercial packaging. The works explore the transformative effect fabric and tactile surfaces have when wrapped around familiar objects. The concealment caused by the fabric challenges the viewer to reappraise the objects beneath and the space in which it exists. For those Wrapped Objects that are packaged in translucent polyethylene, little is left to the imagination, but the material gives the everyday objects an additional sculptural quality.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude brought this act of wrapping to much larger proportions when they applied it to the environment, whether in nature or with a man-made structure. Christo continues to work on projects, both realized and proposed, which are temporary in nature.
In order to raise funds for large-scale projects, the couple produced limited edition collaged prints to sell. The works in this exhibition represent some early concepts for these projects.