Art: Nothing at All

Jean Arp is a sculptor who hates almost all sculpture except his own. "Especially," he once complained, "these naked men, women & children in stone or bronze . . . who untiringly dance, chase butterflies, shoot arrows, hold out apples, blow the flute, are the perfect expression of a mad world. These mad figures must no longer sully nature."

Arp's own carvings were on exhibition in a Manhattan gallery this week, across the street from Josef Albers' two shows (see above). Like Albers, Arp chose never to "sully nature" with recognizable subject matter, but there the resemblance ended. While Albers' paintings...

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