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From the 1950s onwards Ralph Rumney was involved with a number of different European avant-garde movements. In July 1957 he co-founded the Situationist International, an anarchist group that sought to overthrow capitalism through subversive cultural acts. The Change, painted early in 1957, is constructed from randomly applied dabs of paint and a loose grid of black lines. The combination of chance marks and the ordering device of a grid has been interpreted as a visual metaphor for the interaction of the subconscious and conscious, as well as the spiritual and material.

August 2004