One-dimensional Images? Wallpaper as an artistic medium since the 1960s

Andy Warhol, Kuhkopftapete an der Fassade des Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Februar-März 1968.
As a medium wallpaper characteristically lacks support and frame. It is cut to size in accordance with the wall or room of installation, whereas the image – typically a repeatable pattern – remains virtually endless in expanse. Because of this crucial lack of dimensionality the image as wallpaper is defined by its specific context that temporarily sets the frame. The setting links the flat image to three dimensional space and thus generates an image-as-installation situated in between the oppositional points of modernist flatness and interventions in so called ‘real space’. As it is literally attached to its spatial context, wallpaper becomes bourgeois interior decoration, exhibition design, a marker in public space. How do artistic wallpapers since the 60s put these spaces into play?