Art: Again, Epstein

In London last week a newsgatherer listened to the iconoclastic verbiage of Jacob Epstein, famed sculptor:

"Englishmen . . . are indifferent to art, and especially to sculpture, if their tastes can be judged by the monuments they tolerate. I am going back to America with an open mind . . . it is a friendlier country to artists than England. . . .

"The great cathedrals of England have stood like empty, cold barns since the Reformation—except Westminster Abbey, which is crammed to the bursting point with some of the worst sculpture ever conceived.

"One could overlook the King Albert memorial on a...

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