365 Days of Art: April 24 – Art and Politics Collide for Diego Rivera and Little Mermaid
Two instances of politics colliding with art today:
April 24, 1933
With Diego Rivera’s mural for Rockefeller Center two thirds of the way finished, the NY World-Telegram inflames tensions between the artist and patron by publishing this headline:
“Rivera Paints Scenes of Communist Activity and John D. Jr. Foots Bill”
April 24, 1964
Oh no, it’s The Little Mermaid getting injured again! Her head is sawn off and stolen in a political act by artists of the Situationist movement. The group is primarily composed of artists and serves as a standing critique of capitalism. The head is never recovered; a new head is later fabricated and placed on the statue.