Art: Midseason

In the reflective aftermath of New Year's Day, Manhattan's myriad art galleries last week mustered the season's most varied array of fine arts. Just for perspective, the great Metropolitan Museum invited visitors back 2,000 years with a bimillennium exhibition of hard-bitten Roman portrait sculpture and charming Roman craftsmanship of the Age of Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.). The Walker Galleries showed affectionately executed portraits by Durr Freedley, a quiet semiprofessional in the precise New England line, who died last year at Lexington, Mass. Most spirited post-Picasso lyricism of the season appeared at the Julien...

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