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One Thing Leads to Another

A work made of collage and acrylic on canvas.
© The Estate of Ralph Arnold.

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  • A work made of collage and acrylic on canvas.

Date:

1968

Artist:

Ralph Arnold
American, 1928–2006

About this artwork

A Chicago native, Ralph Arnold is known for his collaged, often abstract images drawn from the materials of popular and consumer culture. In this work, Arnold juxtaposed scenes from the turbulent 1960s against a color palette evoking the American flag; stenciled letters suggest a framework for reading images of the Great Migration, a Jim Crow sign, violence against African American youth, war protests, Mayor Richard J. Daley, and the Statue of Liberty. Following the work’s title, a causal equation can be pieced together: the combination of civil rights inequities, death tolls in Vietnam, and politics resulted in the 1968 Democratic Convention demonstrations and “law-and-order” police forces.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Ralph Arnold

Title

One Thing Leads to Another

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1968

Medium

Collage and acrylic on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed, verso, upper left, in black paint: "Collage + Acrylic / "One Thin Leads to Another" 1968 / Ralph Arnold"

Dimensions

152.4 × 152.4 cm (60 × 60 in.)

Credit Line

Photography and Media Purchase Fund

Reference Number

2011.131

Copyright

© The Estate of Ralph Arnold.

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