On the Surface: Wallpaper from 1797 to the Present

September 7 – November 16, 2019 | Palos Verdes Art Center

Exhibition website at onthesurface.design

Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education is pleased to announce On the Surface: Wallpaper from 1797 to the Present, organized by PVAC and Boston artist and collector, Scott Dahill.

This survey of applied architectural surface design – wallpaper – presents historic samples from European, English, and American wallpaper designers and manufacturers, as well as contemporary reproductions of classic patterns. Also included are sample books, antique tools of the trade, and vignettes demonstrating the elaborate combinations of borders, wall, and ceiling papers used in affluent homes a century ago. Major contributors to this exhibition are Zuber & Cie, the oldest extant wallpaper manufacturer in France, and Bolling & Company of Portland, Oregon, who have loaned significant samples from their collection of original American wallpapers. The exhibition includes original papers and designs by Boussac, Zuber,  William Morris, Farrow & Ball, Cole & Sons, Sanderson, M. H. Birge and Sons,  Fornasetti, and others.