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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Anita Kunz (b. 1956). Child Abuse, 1992. Cover for Ms. Magazine, January/February, 1993. Watercolor and gouache over graphite. Gift of the artist, 2003. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (029.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-03330 © Anita Kunz

Disturbing Content

Anita Kunz's compelling cover design references the magazine's harrowing article on ritual child abuse perpetrated by a satanic cult. By making a frightened naturalistic child the focal point in a nightmarish red and green color scheme, Kunz dramatizes the vulnerability of children to horrific danger posed by such groups. This surreal image demonstrates her unusual ability to handle disturbing subject matter. Kunz creates cover art for many magazines including the New Yorker, Newsweek, and Time.

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