Art: Stalin in a Stove

In 1933 saucer-eyed Diego Rivera brought down Rockefeller wrath on his mop-haired pate by giving a place of honor in his Rockefeller Center mural to Lenin. Last week a similar rumpus flurried up when the figure of Joseph Stalin was discovered in a WPA mural at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field. Keeping Stalin company were two little-known Leftist aviators lined up alongside Byrd, Lindbergh, Earhart; a U. S. Navy hangar whose white star insignia had become the red star of the Soviets.

Artist August Henkel had a glib explanation for everything. He produced a photograph of mustached Franz Reichelt, pioneer parachutist killed in...

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