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Sidewall (USA)

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by Jeff Colson. It is dated 2006 and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is screen printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Jeff Colson, Sarah Perry, and Robert Therrien were commissioned by Jerry Sohn in 2006 to create wallpaper for his mid-century modern house in southern California. The papers were never produced for the commercial market and this is the only sample of Colson’s design in existence outside the paper installed in the donor’s house.
Jeff Colson is an abstract artist who works with drawings and sculpture. In 1996, he illustrated a children’s book, Morris and the Kingdom of Knoll for the J. Paul Getty Museum and Children’s Library Press. The design for this wallpaper was inspired by a pair of shorts worn by the dragon in the book.
While the majority of papers in Cooper-Hewitt’s collection were mass produced for residential or commercial use, we also have papers that were not intended for commercial sale; among these are a group of papers produced for the Royal Pavilion at Brighton (1820s); papers designed by A. W. N. Pugin for the Houses of Parliament (ca. 1850); and Andy Warhol’s Cows (1966), which was created as an installation piece. Papers designed by artists are a growing and integral part of the museum’s collection of wallcoverings. This is one of four Sohn-commissioned papers proposed for acquisition. As these papers are not available elsewhere, this would be a significant acquisition.

This object was donated by Jerry Sohn and Eba Sohn. It is credited Gift of Jerry and Eba Sohn.

Its dimensions are

Overall: 100 x 76 cm (39 3/8 x 29 15/16 in.)

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Sidewall (USA); Designed by Jeff Colson ; screen printed on paper; Overall: 100 x 76 cm (39 3/8 x 29 15/16 in.); Gift of Jerry and Eba Sohn; 2007-6-1

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