Sale: 407 / Post War/ Contemporary Art, June 08. 2013 in Munich Lot 292

 
292
Christo
The Umbrellas. Project for Japan and Western USA, 1986.
Chalk drawing
Estimate:
€ 38,000 / $ 44,080
Sold:
€ 46,360 / $ 53.777

(incl. 22% surcharge)
Lot description
The Umbrellas. Project for Japan and Western USA. 1986.
Color Chalk drawing, pencil and gouache with textile collage. On thin board, originally mounted on stretcher and mounted in plexiglass object box.
Signed and dated lower left. Multiple inscriptions. 66,5 x 77 x 2 cm (26,1 x 30,3 x 0,7 in).

PROVENANCE: Obelisk Gallery, Boston/Massachusetts (verso with label).

In October 1991, more than 3,000 oversized umbrellas are simultaneously stretched in California and Japan at sunrise. For the scant, dry landscape in California Christo chose yellow, for the water-rich and intensively agricultural nature in Japan he chose a blue fabric. With this major project Christo wanted to reflect the intercultural similarities and differences in lifestyle, the landscape’s seasonal colors and lights of these two valleys. The numerous drawings created in the preparation of the project are evidence of Christos reflection of Asian art. Clearly visible, he uses typical elements such as "bold views, unusual image sections form densities in selected, few details" all in the spirit of decorative Japanese landscape painting. (Hans Dieter Erbsmehl in: exhibition cat Christo und Jeanne-Claude, Galerie Pels-Leusden, Berlin 1995, p. 52). [CB].

292
Christo
The Umbrellas. Project for Japan and Western USA, 1986.
Chalk drawing
Estimate:
€ 38,000 / $ 44,080
Sold:
€ 46,360 / $ 53.777

(incl. 22% surcharge)