School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-This biography of one of the world's most well-known muralists is not just for reports. The author captures readers' interest with the opening chapter that describes the controversial incident in which Rivera included a portrait of Vladimir Lenin in the RCA Building mural. Debate ensued over who had the final say on an artist's work-the creator or the commissioner of the work. Unfortunately for the art world, Rivera's mural was destroyed on Nelson Rockefeller's order. The following chapters go on to cover the artist's life from his birth to his death. Many anecdotal stories are included in this unusually well-documented biography. Among the sources cited is Rivera's autobiography, My Art, My Life. The muralist's nonconformist lifestyle and his controversial politics are presented in an interesting, yet appropriate way for the intended audience. Boxed paragraphs give additional information to explain people and events mentioned in the main text. Numerous full-color photographs and reproductions of artworks show Rivera, the people he loved and admired, and the artists who influenced him.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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