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Political Cartoon (In the Clutches of Evil)
  • Mike Kelley
    1954–2012
    born: Wayne or Detroit, Michigan, United States ; died: Pasadena, California, United States
  • Political Cartoon (In the Clutches of Evil), 1976
  • Where object was made: United States
  • inkjet print
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 763 x 1113 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 30 1/16 x 43 13/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 814 x 1164 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 32 1/16 x 45 13/16 in
  • Gift of Cary Leibowitz
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0040
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

A human figure, accompanied by the caption « he sits while others work-Sloth ! » with a skelatal face and a peaked cap with a mask on its crown sits next to a scantilly-clad man whose chest is labeled « John Q. Public, » and whose wolf-like nose is labeled « animal instinct ». A swatch of fabric ties together the heads of both figures, is accompanied by the captions « a blanket of ignorance and death » and « a mentallity that perverts those it comes into contact with. »