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The 13 clippings (1968-1970) were used by Arning as source material for drawings.
Eddie Arning clippings, 1968-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 4306 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Self-taught graphic artist; Austin, Texas. Died 1993. In 1928, Eddie Arning was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and committed to the Austin State Hospital, where he spent most of his life. He began drawing with wax crayons and craypas in the mid-1960s. The subjects of most of his pictures were suggested by magazine illustrations and advertisements for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Newport cigarettes, and other consumer goods.
Arning's principle patron and legal guardian, Alexander Sackton of Austin, Texas, originally gave 15 of Arning's drawings accompanied by the source material that inspired the work to the National Museum of American Art, which transferred the clippings to the Archives of American Art in 1988.
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