Leon Trotsky, exiled from Russia and living in Mexico, died after being stabbed with an ice pick on this day in 1940. Trotsky lived with painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from 1937 to 1939—though he and Rivera later became enemies after his affair with Kahlo. Watch Kahlo and Rivera welcome Trotsky and his wife to their home. Image via Shutterstock.
They are selling postcards of Hitler in the gift shop at the Guggenheim Museum. To be precise, they are selling photographic reproductions of a work entitled Him, a polyester portrayal of the Führer that is one of the works by Maurizio Cattelan in his retrospective at the museum. I can imagine being outraged or at least troubled by the postcards in the gift shop, except that by the time I saw them I had already been bombarded by this exhibition in which nearly all of Cattelan’s oversized neo-Dadaist baubles have been hung from the ceiling of Frank Lloyd Wright’s rotunda.
A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First CenturyBy Cristina Nehring (Harper, 328 pp., $24.99) Women today are too risk-averse in love, charges Cristina Nehring. We “settle,” and seek comfort rather than passion. In flight from pain, we end up too often with mediocre and cramped relationships.