CHRISTO, JAVACHEFF b. 1935
Born 1935 (Bulgarian)
Title: Wrapped Woman, Project for the Institute of Contemporary Art 1968, 1996
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph with Collage, Polyethylene and Twine, with Pencil Additions on Guarro Paper Mounted to Board
Paper size: 55.5 x 71 cm. / 21.8 x 27.9 in.
Additional Information: This work is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Christo” at the upper left corner.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 125, at the upper left corner. There were also 20 hors commerce [out of trade] impressions.
It was published in a limited edition of 125 signed and numbered impressions by Polígrafa, Barcelona.
Note: In Christo’s Wrapped Women temporary sculptures, certain fundamental aspects that are latently inherent in the act of “wrapping” are revealed in a particularly explicit way. Revelation through concealment, spirituality and mysticism, the simultaneous veiling and emphasizing of the form, and fetishizing. The act of ›Wrapping‹ a female body in front of the audience may awaken associations with abuse and coercion, but also – more positively – may evoke an impression of protection, of a mantle. Other significant aspects include the act of ‘conservation’, and questions of property and of ownership status. Finally, there are the expectations attached to the opening up of the packing.
Wrapped Woman is a preparatory work for the presentation of a living ‘sculpture’ at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in September 1968.
Literature: Schellmann, J. & Benecke, J. (1988). Christo Prints and Objects, 1963-1987: A Catalogue Raisonne. New York: Abbeville Press.
Reference: Schellmann & Benecke 175
Condition: Very good condition. Minor scuffing along the board edges.