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The artist’s social conscience comes into focus in a new exhibit
In the late 1970s, New York City Subway Stations were full of advertising panels covered in black paper to hide expired ads. Not many people noticed them until about 1980, when they abruptly sprouted a guerrilla-art campaign. Somebody began using them as blackboards to make chalk drawings, scenes from a manic universe of crawling babies, barking dogs, flying saucers, belligerent robots and everyman figures as bouncy as cheerleaders but as faceless as cut-paper dolls.