Art: Important Try

There is nothing modern about modern church statuary. Roman Catholic churches everywhere are filled with mass-production plaster replicas that perpetuate igth Century traditions of prettiness and molasses-smoothness. One reason is that few parishes can afford to commission sculptures on their own. Instead they buy from manufacturers catering to a safely low denominator of public taste. In Paris, a row of shops along the Rue St.-Sulpice supplies the demand. In the U.S., it's Barclay Street, in downtown Manhattan.

The Beautiful & Bland. For 20 years Manhattan's Liturgical Arts Society (dedicated to "improving the standards of taste, craftsmanship and liturgical correctness current in the...

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