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Eastside Rockets

Herbert Lawrence Block, 13 Oct 1909 - 7 Oct 2001
Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, 17 Apr 1894 - Sep 1971
Fidel Castro, 13 Aug 1926 - 26 Nov 2016
Opaque watercolor and ink over graphite pencil on paper
48.2 x 33.3cm (19 x 13 1/8")
Mat (Verified): 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© Herbert Lawrence Block
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During his 1960 visit to the United Nations, on New York City's East Side, Nikita Khrushchev was accompanied by eight Communist bloc leaders. In this Time cover, cartoonist Herbert Block ("Herblock") transformed them into a West Side Story gang in leather jackets. The man in the trenchcoat, standing on the left, away from the others, is Wladyslaw Gomulka of Poland, who displayed his independence by taking his UN seat in a distant corner, away from Khrushchev. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, smiling, unlike the rest of the grim-faced crew, is depicted as the new kid hanging out with the gang. The gang members are Mehmet Shehu, Albania; Todor Zhivkov, Bulgaria; Kirill Mazurov, Byelorussia; Antonin Novotny, Czechoslovakia; Janos Kadar, Hungary; Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej, Romania; and Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia.
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