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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.




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.


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Contemporary Art


Ralph Arnold


One Thing Leads to Another


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1968


Collage and acrylic on canvas


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


152.4 × 152.4 cm (60 × 60 in.)

Credit Line

Photography and Media Purchase Fund

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© The Estate of Ralph Arnold.

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