The epic #vidaamericana exhibit at the @whitneymuseum is a revelation of revolution and its impact in art and artists in Mexico and the US, and beyond. Do read Holland Carter’s review in the @nytimes @nytimesopinionart The last piece jn this series is by Jackson Pollock, and you see a direct connection between his work and the powerful Mexican muralists, Diego Rivera among them of course. Also included in the exhibit is the (very respectful) letter Nelson Rockefeller wrote to Rivera asking him to remove the surprise portrait of Lenin he’d painted into the mural commissioned for the then new Rockefeller Center. Diego refused, and the mural was destroyed. It was however recreated in Mexico City, where it remains. A shame, but Im with Mr R on this one.
22 Feb 2020