At least Judy Taylor’s Department of Labor artwork is removable and, I hope, has been stored carefully until this imbroglio is over.

In 1934, Diego Rivera’s fresco “Man at the Crossroads,” which included a clear picture of Vladimir Lenin, was chiseled from the walls of Rockefeller Center when Nelson Rockefeller disapproved of including the communist leader.

If Gov. Paul LePage (or his anonymous fax-sender) thought Taylor’s art was inspired by North Korean socialist realism, please note that’s not Kim Jong-il on the sixth panel, but a Wobbly (member of the Industrial Workers of the World) trying to organize Maine woodsmen (see the artist’s website Besides, Kim is considerably shorter and more sartorially challenged than the organizer.

John R. Likins


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