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From Now Until Night

Martin Boyce

1996

W.1996.54

Title From Now Until Night
Object type Wallpaper
Place of origin Leicester, England, UK
Date 1996
Artist/maker Martin Boyce
Support Paper
Techniques Hand Screen Printing
Dimensions w:533 mm
Accession Lot Nice House, The Italian Centre, Glasgow (purchase, 12/1996)
Accession number W.1996.54
Description Roll of wallpaper with a grid-like design of vertical and diagonal lines printed in white and grey on a black ground.

Collection Exhibitions : Survival Patterns : Object Label : W.1996.54

The Whitworth's collection of historic and modern wallpapers is made up largely of decorations designed by professional designers for domestic interiors.

Recently, fine artists have begun to produce limited quantities of wallpaper and the Whitworth has acquired several examples, including works by David Bowie, Abigail Lane, John Dilnot and Adrian Wiszniewski. The piece shown here, by Martin Boyce, was inspired by the animated title sequence of Alfred Hitchcock's film North by Northwest (1959) and the lines of the grid suggest urban architecture - the night-time landscape of darkened windows in tower blocks.

Boyce has defined his wallpaper as art and intended it as a scene-setting device, designed to 'create a mood'. Unlike many wallpapers by artists, which are usually produced specifically for installations or exhibitions of the artist's work, this one was designed specifically for anonymous public spaces with transient populations - hotel lobbies, waiting rooms, corporate foyers etc.

Collection Exhibitions : Survival Patterns : Object Label : W.1996.54

The Whitworth's collection of historic and modern wallpapers is made up largely of decorations designed by professional designers for domestic interiors.

Recently, fine artists have begun to produce limited quantities of wallpaper and the Whitworth has acquired several examples, including works by David Bowie, Abigail Lane, John Dilnot and Adrian Wiszniewski. The piece shown here, by Martin Boyce, was inspired by the animated title sequence of Alfred Hitchcock's film North by Northwest (1959) and the lines of the grid suggest urban architecture - the night-time landscape of darkened windows in tower blocks.

Boyce has defined his wallpaper as art and intended it as a scene-setting device, designed to 'create a mood'. Unlike many wallpapers by artists, which are usually produced specifically for installations or exhibitions of the artist's work, this one was designed specifically for anonymous public spaces with transient populations - hotel lobbies, waiting rooms, corporate foyers etc.