Thursday, August 19, 2010

Diego Rivera, Detroit Industry Murals, at the Detroit Institute of Arts - WSJ.com

Diego Rivera, Detroit Industry Murals, at the Detroit Institute of Arts - WSJ.com: "Is it na�ve to visit today's Motown and find oneself uplifted by a city in so much trouble? I think not. For starters, the recently reconfigured, vast and encyclopedic Detroit Institute of Arts is probably America's most visitor-friendly art museum. Moreover, it houses the 'Detroit Industry' murals of 1932-33—a spectacular series of paintings by Diego Rivera (1886-1957) unlike anything else in this country. Here's a forceful array of images— industrial settings in which huge machines seem to threaten the workers operating them—as well as smaller vignettes and other scenes in varying scales that unite to create an elaborate, iconographically layered environment that envelops the viewer."