For « Show Cases, Show Windows & Store Fronts – 1963-1966 », one of the last few exhibitions he worked on before his death at the end of May, Christo wanted to look back on his earlier works and highlight a selection of his Show Cases, Show Windows and Store Fronts created during the sixties. To complete, the Covered Windows for the Cahiers d’Art gallery have been realized by Christo’s Studio according to the artist’s instructions.
”Cahiers d’Art has always uniquely combined publishing and exhibitions. The best artists come together to make La Revue and exquisite books with unparalleled artistic freedom. The publication is launched during an exhibition at the gallery, and original limited editions are created by the artists. We all witness art history in the making”
Show Cases, Show Windows & Store Fronts – 1963-1966
In 1963, while still in Paris, Christo bought small cases at a flea market. He reworked these finds by adding fabric, Kraft paper, some lighting or by covering the interior with satin or silk. These small-size vitrines were the premise of the life-sized Show Windows and Store Fronts. They mark the turning point in his work to truly architectural dimensions, which happened in 1964, after Christo had moved to New York with Jeanne-Claude.