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1968

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1970

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Sidewall, Compendium, 1968

This is a Sidewall. It is dated 1968 and we acquired it in 1970. Its medium is screenprinted on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

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 was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Will Not Fade into the Background.

This object was donated by Arthur Sanderson & Sons, Ltd.. It is credited Gift of Arthur Sanderson & Sons, Ltd..

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Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

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Its dimensions are

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

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Compendium, 1968; England; screenprinted on paper; 92 x 50.5 cm (36 1/4 x 19 7/8 in.); Gift of Arthur Sanderson & Sons, Ltd.; 1970-1-14

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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