Ghetto Merchant, by John T. Riddle Jr., 1966

John T. Riddle Jr. Ghetto Merchant, 1966

Medium: Mixed media
Dimensions: 41 in. (104.1 cm) tall
Credit Line: Courtesy of Claude and Anne Booker, Los Angeles. Photo by Ed Glendinning

John Riddle created Ghetto Merchant from the debris of a cash register he found in a burned-out storefront during the Watts rebellion. He turned to assemblage for its ability to communicate the physicality of black Los Angeles in the wake of the Watts uprising.

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"Ghetto Merchant." Now Dig This! Art in Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2016.