Art: Painters' Politics

Mexico City boasts a world-famed triumvirate of painters: doe-eyed Diego Rivera, somber José Clemente Orozco, fiery David Alfaro Sequeiros. To Mexican fellow artists the triumvirate is a trust, often regarded with murderous jealousy. But the public regards the triumvirate, whose members have sometimes quarreled fiercely, as an entertaining three-ring circus.

Triumvir Rivera recently organized a give-the-kids-a-chance exhibit of young painters, in protest against the Government's Department of Fine Arts, which Rivera considers stifling. Triumvir Sequeiros proclaimed Rivera's show unnecessary and based on an idea that was "old and a failure." Sixty-one-year-old Triumvir...

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