From The Publisher: Jun. 1, 1992

THREE WEEKS AGO, OUR ART DEPARTMENT COVER COORdinator, Linda Freeman, received a phone call from Maurice Skinazi, an international businessman and art collector. Mr. Skinazi suggested that if by any chance TIME was going to do a story on the Rio summit, we should consider using something painted by his friend, Brazilian painter Lia Mittarakis.

Mr. Skinazi, who might consider a second career as an editor, had guessed our plans exactly right. Yes indeed, we were readying a special report on the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio, and yes, we were in need of a cover illustration....

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