Murals: Art for the Active

Mexico's famed muralist and longtime Communist, David Alfaro Siqueiros, had just finished painting a gun on the walls of Mexico City's Chapultepec Castle* when the police seized him and marched him off to prison for inciting leftists to riot. That was more than six years ago. Released in 1964, he was soon back at work, and for the past two months, with the aid of six assistants, he has been putting in twelve and 14 hours a day to complete his 3,660-sq.-ft. mural entitled Del Porfirismo a la Revolutión.

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