What is this?
Overlapping, horizontally and vertically-aligned straight-sided elipses, outlined and filled with wide bandings in deep red, cherry red, and shocking pink.
Why is this important?
Newson’s Compendium exhibits distorted circular motifs and shocking red colorations that reflect the op art aesthetic. Op art celebrated optical illusions created during the visual process; this vigorous red wallpaper would have been used selectively as an accent wall, adding warmth and balancing the abundant white walls typical of the 1960s.
This object has been included in the following exhibitions: