Arp to Warhol
19 November 2016
Yavachev Christo, 1935
Wrapped Tress - Project for the Avenue des Champs Elysees and Rond-Point. 1987
Original colour lithograph with relief collage of thread, staples, plastic and transparent polythene, retouched by hand with felt ‘marker-pen’ and gouache. 1968-87. Signed in pencil. Dated 1987. Numbered XXXVII (37) from the first part of the edition of XXXX (40) impressions - Total edition of 245. Drawn, printed and constructed at the Landfall Press, Chicago, 1987. Edition issued by Torsten Lilja, Stockholm 1987
Note: Issued to fund Christo’s project for wrapping the Pont Neuf, Paris in 1987. The concept for the Champs Elysées Wrapped Trees dates from Christo’s proposal to wrap the trees at Christmas 1968 as part of the Paris Christmas celebrations. The project never came to fruition.
Ref: Christo Prints and Multiples no 133
Extremely fine impression with the collaged relief etc. in exceptionally fine condition. On white Arches paper laid on museum board, as issued. Worked to the full sheet size, as issued. Sheet: 710x565mm.
Christo (together with his wife Jeanne-Claude with whom he always worked in collaboration until her death in 2009 even though the works are publically attributed only to him) is one of the most innovative and widely known ‘spatial sculptors’ of the 20th century.
Christo has always said that their art had no deeper purpose than its aesthetic appearance, that it was and is only a way of giving familiar spaces and objects a new form. None the less there is a strong link to the aim of awakening a subconscious mental interaction between familiar recognition of form and actual outward appearance. The idea that if the viewer naturally knows a form but its appearance is masked by wrapping then the mind reads into the shape a new blending of two reactions, the inward and the outward. This idea was first mooted in the period of Surrealism in the 1930’s and can be seen in an allied but totally different expression in the ‘wrapped figures’ in Henry Moore’s sculpture.
Christo first approached the Paris authorities for permission to wrap the trees in the Champs Elysées in Paris in the 1960’s but in fact he never obtained their agreement. In 1984, after 10 years of negotiation, he was allowed by the then Mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac, to wrap the famous Pont Neuf on the Seine. In September 1985 the wrapped bridge was opened to public admission. 3 million people visited it in the two weeks that the wrapping was in place.
Christo’s most recent and hugely famous public projects have been ‘The Gates’ in Central Park in New York in 2005 and ‘The Floating Piers’ on Lake Iseo, near Brescia in Italy earlier this year (a work on which started when Jeanne-Claude was still alive). Christo’s projects have always been funded either by Christo and his wife personally, or by private donation. One way in which they raised money to cover the vast costs was to sell three-dimensional maquette models of their schemes, with actual relief wrapping and hand drawings, such as the one here of the proposed Champs Elysées wrapping.
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