Corridor Store Front, Project. 1966/67. Collage. Cardboard, foil, pencil and oil paint. Signed, dated, titled and inscribed in upper margin. 56 x 35.5 cm (22 x 13.9 in). This work is model or rather prototype for an edition published by William N. Copley. Minimalistic collage in preparation of a documenta masterpiece. We are grateful to the Art Edition-Fils GmbH, Dusseldorf, for the kind support in cataloging this lot.
PROVENANCE: Collection William Copley. Christie´s New York, 8 November 1993, lot 9. Private collection Rhineland Palatinate.
Then followed the 'Rideau de fer', an 'iron curtain' made of empty oil drums blocking a road. 'Showcases' was made in 1963, vitrines which one cannot look into because the inside of the glass is covered with a foil. Christo developed these "Showcases" further in 1964 in New York, his new residence, where, together with his wife Jeanne-Claude, he made the 'Shop Fronts' which cannot be entered. Environments followed, such as the one in 1968 on the documenta 4, where Christo installed a 5600 cubic metre parcel. After his 'Wrapped Air' and the 'Wrapped Tree' in 1966 he continued in 1968/69 with wrapping public buildings such as the Kunsthalle Bern or the Museum of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, in the latter he also wrapped the stairway and the hall in the interior. His wrapped projects include monuments, pavements and even wrapped coastal stretches and entire islands.