PROPERTY FROM A SOUTHERN PRIVATE COLLECTION
Diane Arbus' Child with a toy hand grenade, Central Park, N.Y.C, 1962, is considered to be one of the most important and influential images in the history of 20th century art and post-modernist critical theory. A visual synonym for America in the pre-Vietnam era, the photograph captures the zeitgeist of a troubled nation in a time of significant cultural unrest. In October of 1964, a group of 6 prints by Arbus, including Child with a toy hand grenade, N.Y.C., were purchased by The Museum of Modern Art, New York - her first works to enter the museum's permanent collection. Neil Selkirk, the only person who has been subsequently authorized to print from a Diane Arbus negative after her death in 1971, made this print in either 1972 or 1973.