Christo "The Museum of Modern Art Packed Project" 1968

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The Museum of Modern Art has inspired a number of artists to propose site–specific works. In 1968 Christo and his partner Jean–Claude conceived of a project to transform the Museum by "wrapping" the building with tarpaulin and rope. Ten years later Matta–Clark was invited to work with the facade of a portion of the building scheduled to be demolished during an expansion. Several preparatory drawings document the designs he considered cutting into the glass and steel structure. Although neither of these proposals was ultimately realized, the drawings speak to the artists' daring activations of architecture and the urban environment.

Gallery label from 2007.
Oil on cut-and-pasted gelatin silver prints (by Ferdinand Boesch) on board with pencil, colored pencil, cut-and-pasted transparentized paper, and pressure-sensitive tape on board
21 3/4 x 15 1/2" (55.2 x 39.5 cm)
Gift of D. and J. de Menil
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© 2024 Christo
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