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Untitled (Ralph Williams), 1969

Michael H. Stone

American, 1945-
Hand colored and toned silver print encased in vacuum formed plastic and vinyl
8-1/4 x 6-3/8 in. (21.0 x 16.2 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist
PH.1969.50
© 2008 Michael H. Stone

Not on view

While Michael Stone was studying industrial design at UCLA in the late 1960s, he shifted his focus to photography and became part of the burgeoning photography community in Southern California. Stone developed artistically alongside local photographers and educators such as Robert Heinecken and Fred Parker and was equally influenced by filmmaking and sculpture. Like many artists of his generation, Stone became increasingly interested in the impact television made on consumer culture. In his inflatable plastic bags, intended to hang on a faux sales rack, he placed a laminated photograph that was shot directly from the television screen. Here he depicts a local celebrity: the ubiquitous used car salesman Ralph Williams. Packaged as though he was a comestible item, this television personality is up for sale.


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