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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 is a sidewall from United Kingdom. It is dated 1968 and we acquired it in 1970. Gift of Arthur Sanderson & Sons, Ltd..

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 206.

Its medium is

screenprinted on paper

Its dimensions are

92 x 50.5 cm (36 1/4 x 19 7/8 in.)

This object was designed by Rosemary Newson and manufactured by The Wall Paper Manufacturers Limited

This object was donated by Arthur Sanderson & Sons, Ltd. and catalogued by Catherine Lynn Frangiamore

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18471669/ |title=Sidewall, Compendium, 1968 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=1 March 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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