Art: Spirit of Detroit

From worrying about banks, Detroiters had last week turned to fighting about art. Last year Edsel Ford gave the money for a set of frescoes on Detroit industries, to adorn the walls of an Italianate garden court in Detroit's Institute of Arts. Director Wilhelm R. Valentiner gave the job to the new world's foremost muralist, robustious Diego Rivera, who came and swabbed for eight months, losing 125 Ib. (from 310) the while.* Last month for the first time Detroiters were let into the court whose plain white panels had been covered with...

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