Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910-1950

The Economist reports on a new exhibition, “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910-1950,” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

In 1927 John Dos Passos, an American writer and artist, returned from a long stay in Mexico where he had been soaking up the vibrant cultural scene south of the border. Reporting on what he found in an article for the New Masses, he proclaimed: “Everywhere the symbol of the hammer and sickle. Some of it’s pretty hasty, some of it’s garlanded tropical bombast, but by God, it’s painting.”