An image of Wrapped Paintings


(Bulgaria, United States of America 13 Jun 1935 – )

Wrapped Paintings

Not on display
Further information

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.

In Wrapped Paintings we assume that the rectangular objects inside the packing are paintings but can only imagine what they look like.

stretched canvases, tarpaulin, rope
300.0 x 162.0 x 18.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. verso, pencil "Christo 1968".

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
© Christo