Christo Wraps the Museum: Scale Models, Photomontages, and Drawings for a Non-Event; June 5-25

New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1968. Vintage poster for an exhibition of work associated with an unrealized Christo project, intended to wrap the New York Museum of Modern Art. INSCRIBED by the artist on the poster in orange crayon: "For Betsy Jones / Christo 1968."

In early 1968 Christo and Jeanne-Claude proposed to wrap the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the adjoining sculpture garden, to be accompanied by various works inside and outside the museum created by the artists as well. Though it would have been the first of the couple's wrapped public buildings, MoMa's insurance company warned that coverage would cease immediately were the artists to begin wrapping the building, and thus the project was shelved. MoMA countered by offering the artists this exhibition: a showcase of the preparatory scale models, photomontages, and drawings created for the project.

Though Christo and Jeanne-Claude worked collaboratively from 1958 onwards, only Christo was given artist credit until 1994, at which point he retroactively attributed the works to her as well.

22.5 x 32.5 inches, folded, on brown butcher paper as issued. Very Good plus, with a couple of tiny chips to the top edge, two tape repairs to the verso, and a single pinhole tear.

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