Art: Manifesto in a Minor Key

After years of fitful quarreling, Mexican art's Big Three were on speaking terms once again. Far into the night, in Mexico City, Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros sat gesticulating across their coffee in the California Bar. They strolled down Avenida Juarez together in broad daylight, waving their arms in amiable disagreement. They met for long confabs at Orozco's midtown house.

Just 25 years ago the three revolutionaries had joined in a manifesto whose shot was heard round the art world. The signers declared joint war on easel painting, which they regarded as essentially aristocratic...

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