Camouflage of Large Installations by Charles Stankievech is a rare World War II handbook created by the British Government as a guide for factory owners to implement the then new theories of camouflage in order to protect industrial assets. The handbook is composed of three sections: instructional, advertising by corporations supplying camouflage services and full-page colour swatches. The full-page color swatches are particularly beautiful and when viewed aesthetically are interesting forerunners to the history of monochromes, specifically Yves Klein’s first artwork Peintures (1954): a small portfolio booklet that presents a series of monochromes. Interestingly, Klein had never made these paintings and the booklet was not a representation of work, but actually a deception used to secure his first exhibition in Paris. The contemporary artwork by artist Walid Raad / The Atlas Group, Secrets in the open sea, continues the tradition of monochromes and deceptions in bookworks and also completes the trinity of works included in Stankievech’s exhibition CounterIntelligence (2013).

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