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    For me, they were a moving experience.  So little of the art we see in museums these days speak to the lives of ordinary people.  So little of what we see in public life even recognizes the existence of the workplace.  These murals have a message that speaks to me.  

    The Kalamazoo Institute of Art has another painting that had a similar impact on me.  I can't tell you the name of the artist, but it was a portrait of a man who appeared to be leaving work at the end of the day.  He was in a suit and carrying a briefcase.  He looked absolutely exhausted and like he was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. We are all able to see why working in a coal mine or a steel mill can be so difficult, but it it rare to acknowledge that many while collar jobs are also exhausting and stressful.  And things have only become worse in recent years.

    There are many kinds of art that I enjoy, and a few that I just don't get.   I appreciate technical skill, but care more about what the artwork provokes as a response.  Perhaps the argument can be made that Riviera's art could have been better rendered. Given the format and the audience he focused on, I do not see that as a reason to reject it out of hand.

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