Born Arturo Secunda in New Jersey in 1927, Arthur Secunda has maintained a broad and constant association with the arts in America for over 60 years. He studied at New York University prior to serving as a staff artist to the United States Air Force in World War II and, following the war, studied at the Art Students League. Secunda’s oeuvre includes prints, paintings and sculpture and he has worked as a curator, a teacher and an arts critic. He was the founding editor of the journal Artforum in 1963 and came to work at Gemini Ltd on several print editions in 1965.

The looters, Peace brother and Negro owned are good examples of the striking collage graphics for which Secunda is renowned. The works use images taken from contemporaneous media to address issues of racial tension and war that were at the forefront of American society in the mid 1960s.
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