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Wallpaper

Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1992 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lane, Abigail, born 1967 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Acrylic on lining paper. The print is produced by an inked imprint of the artist's naked bottom made by her sitting on a chair with an ink pad in place of a seat and then into paper.

  • Museum number:

    E.1004:2-1993

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case SH, shelf 34

Abigail Lane produced this wallpaper for her 1992 installation Making History, first shown at the Kunsthalle in Lucerne and subsequently at the Karsten Schubert Gallery, London. The motif is a print of her bottom, made by first sitting on a chair with an inkpad for its seat, and then on the paper. Lane is interested in the marks and physical traces we leave behind us in our daily lives, but also in how repetition and reproduction can transform these marks. This wallpaper also relates to Lane's interest in the autographic mark, and how the direct touch of the artist's hand imbues a work with authenticity and implicit value; here she plays with these ideas by using a rather more vulgar body part to make the artwork. This wallpaper may also be intended to bring to mind the work of Yves Klein who famously made prints and paintings by smearing paint on the bodies of naked women, and then directing them to press their bodies against canvases, to leave an imprint of their torsos and thighs. Klein's paintings were made in the course of public performances; Lane's wallpaper, with its modest domestic associations, suggests a more private and intimate arena.

Physical description

Roll of wallpaper with a repeat motif produced by an inked imprint of a woman's naked bottom.

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

1992 (made)

Artist/maker

Lane, Abigail, born 1967 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Acrylic on lining paper. The print is produced by an inked imprint of the artist's naked bottom made by her sitting on a chair with an ink pad in place of a seat and then into paper.

Dimensions

Length: 400 cm, Width: 56.5 cm

Descriptive line

Wallpaper by Abigail Lane, 1 of 3 parts of a paper depicting a repeating print of the artist's naked bottom, acrylic on lining paper, Great Britain, 1992

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Apocalyptic Wallpaper: Robert Gober, Abigail Lane, Virgil Marti, and Andy Warhol. By Donna de Salvo and Annette Massie, with essay by Gill Saunders (exhibition catalogue), Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1997
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1993

Materials

Acrylic; Paper

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Buttocks

Categories

Body Art; Installation art; Wall coverings; Prints

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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