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Sidewall, Beauty, 1972

This is a Sidewall. It was created by Werner Berges and designed by Werner Berges and manufactured by Marburger Tapetenfabrik and Marburger Tapetenfabrik. It is dated 1972 and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is flexograph-printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

In the early 1970s, Marburg Wallcoverings approached a diverse group of international artists to create wallpaper that would reflect the taste of the time. The company wanted to produce wallpaper that would be ornamental in itself and not act as a background for other objects. The artists were each commissioned to design papers that reflected their best-known work, and the results were produced as a series called Xart Walls.
Swiss artist, Jean Tinguely, designed a paper with depictions of machine parts on a metallic ground. French artist, Niki de Saint Phalle, illustrated her Nana figures in neon colors. Paul Wunderlich, a German artist known for the surreal imagery of his paintings, created a paper with the same effect, titled Drapery. A fellow German artist, Otmar Alt, translated his colorful language of form into a playful children’s paper, while a third German artist, Werner Berges, set his negative-space silhouettes of women’s faces against undulating columns of narrow stripes. British artist, Allan Jones, depicted a cartoon-like female figure, Right Hand Lady. Another British artist, Peter Phillips, many of whose paintings are inspired by advertising photographs, reflected those images in his wallpaper, Kenya. Testura Grafica, the wallpaper by the Italian constructivist, Getulio Alviani, shares a title with one of his large, geometric, brushed aluminum wall reliefs from the same period, Cubo a Testura Grafica.
The acquisition of these papers would be an important addition to our collection of artist-designed papers.
(May 18, 1992)

This object was purchased from KORNELIA TAMM, LTD. and catalogued by Gregory Herringshaw. It is credited Museum purchase from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund.

Its dimensions are

Platemark/repeat: 58 x 53 cm (22 13/16 x 20 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Beauty, 1972. flexograph-printed on paper. Museum purchase from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund. 1992-110-5.

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