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Rachel Cohen

Charles White Collage

Charles White Collage

Charles White, Headlines, 1944. William M. and Elisabeth M. Landes. Detail photos Rachel Cohen.

The Charles White exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018 had this collage called Headlines. I took only these two photos of it, the whole shown above and this closer detail:

It was made in 1944, at the height of the war, when racism in the United States was taking many ugly forms.

Looking now, I am struck by the extremity of elegance and profundity with which this renders learning about what people are doing to people through the news.