Art: Radical Muralists

The front lobby wall of the RCA Building in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center has worn a false face of white plaster since last spring (TIME, May 22). Behind that mask was a great, bright unfinished fresco by Muralist Diego Rivera. When the visage of Nikolai Lenin unexpectedly blossomed in the centre of the painting, the Rockefellers paid Communist Rivera off with $14,000 due him, covered his work with canvas.

Late one night last week workmen wheeled a fleet of wheelbarrows into the RCA Building lobby, set a movable scaffold against the wall. It...

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