Apocalyptic Wallpaper

Andy Warhol, Robert Gober, Abigail Lane, and Virgil Marti exploit the expansive surfaces of wallpaper, transforming it into visually rich, engaging, and sometimes disturbing environments. The title of this catalogue and Wenxer Center exhibition comes from a memorable phrase coined by critic Harold Rosenberg. He once used the words “apocalyptic wallpaper” to describe action paintings he found inauthentic—paintings that were just banal and decorative wall coverings. The works featured here give his words a new twist, applying them to artists’ wallpapers that go far beyond decoration. Apocalyptic Wallpaper was held at the Wexner Center May 9 – August 10, 1997. The catalogue includes an introduction by exhibition curators Donna De Salvo and Annetta Massie, with an essay by Gill Saunders.

Text: De Salvo Donna. pp. 64; 10 ill. COL e 20 BW ills.; paperback. Publisher: Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus, 1997.

ISBN: 9781881390169 | 1881390160

ID: AM-6271

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Andy Warhol, Robert Gober, Abigail Lane, and Virgil Marti exploit the expansive surfaces of wallpaper, transforming it into visually rich, engaging, and sometimes disturbing environments. The title of this catalogue and Wenxer Center exhibition comes from a memorable phrase coined by critic Harold Rosenberg. He once used the words “apocalyptic wallpaper” to describe action paintings he found inauthentic—paintings that were just banal and decorative wall coverings. The works featured here give his words a new twist, applying them to artists’ wallpapers that go far beyond decoration. Apocalyptic Wallpaper was held at the Wexner Center May 9 – August 10, 1997. The catalogue includes an introduction by exhibition curators Donna De Salvo and Annetta Massie, with an essay by Gill Saunders.

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