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Frequently controversial, the large-scale environmental sculptures by Christo and partner Jeanne-Claude force observers to question the nature of art. While their projects are visually impressive and require months or years of planning and preparation, the artists have repeatedly denied that they contain any deeper meaning than their immediate aesthetic impact. The purpose of their art, they contend, is simply to create works of art or joy and beauty and to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes. -- Artspace. In this lithograph, the image of a car wrapped in a cocoon-like binding is depicted in a grid-like space, a nod to the artist's signature practice of transforming objects, buildings, and landscapes into colorful sculptural arrangements by wrapping them repeatedly in fabric.
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Christo Wrapped Studebaker
1950 Studebaker Champion Coupe by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
Wrapped VolkswagonWrapped Volkswagon Project 1961. Screenprint with collage of fabric, transparent polyethylene with felt pen and pencil additions.
Wrapped VespaWrapped Vespa. Color digital pigment print (Ditone) with collage of brown wrapping paper and handmade wax crayon additions.
Wrapped VolvoWrapped Volvo. Lithograph in black and red with collage of fabric and twine, on BFK Rives paper mounted to board.
Wrapped Fountain
Wrapped Fountain - La Fontana De Jujol Plaza De’Espana, Barcelona - This print illustrates a hypothetical plan for one of Christo's signature "wrapped" works, for which objects, buildings, and entire landscapes are wrapped in colorful swaths of fabric, transforming them into abstract sculptural forms.
Pont Neuf Wrapped
In 1975, Christo and Jeanne-Claude decided to wrap the Pont-Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris. The project was realized ten years later. With the exception of the roadway, the entire surface was covered with 454,178 square feet of the woven polyamide material. The project has been considered the most sculptural of the Christos' monumental works.
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