The Walls Are Talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture

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KWS Publishers, Feb 20, 2010 - House & Home - 128 pages
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Inherently ephemeral and often overlooked, wallpaper had by the late twentieth century become a bit of a joke in the decorative arts, a cliché with connotations of kitsch. But over the past decade or so, a number of contemporary avant-garde artists have created installations with backdrops of specially designed wallpaper to explore themes such as warfare, racism, gender, and sexuality.    

Published to accompany exhibitions at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Walls Are Talking situates these unique creations alongside antique papers and explains how the latter have been adapted and subverted to convey meanings wildly different from what their original designers intended. Featured are wallpaper designs from more than thirty internationally renowned artists, including Damien Hirst, Sonia Boyce, Thomas Demand, Robert Gober, Abigail Lane, Francesco Simeti, and Niki de St. Phalle.

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Dominique Heyse-Moore is assistant curator of textiles and wallpapers at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. Gill Saunders is senior curator of prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Christine Woods is curator of wallpapers at the Whitworth Gallery. Trevor Keeble is associate director of the Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University

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