Art: A Little Song

A proud new purchase was unveiled last week by Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art. It was titled Benediction, stood seven feet high, was cast in bronze.

From knob head to lion feet, Benediction's brutal, bulbous charms were probably lost on the average layman. Most frequent questions by museumgoers: "Is it harping or scratching?" "Why has it got three legs?" If its sculptor, 54-year-old Jacques Lipchitz, had been there to explain, he would have told them that what looks like a third leg is really a simplified drapery.

A stocky, intense French citizen, Jacques Lipchitz has been turning out weird, passionate work for 33...

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