Art: Man of the Past

Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum has revered its precedents as it reverences its Rembrandts. This week the Metropolitan broke a precedent. For the first time, it opened its galleries to a one-man show by a living artist.

Not since 1929 have U.S. gallery-goers seen the work, of Ivan Městrović, Yugoslavia's great sculptor. Sponsored by the American Academy and the National Institute of Arts & Letters, the exhibition was the artist's first anywhere since 1938. Squat, bearded Městrović, 63, whose art looks back to the past, had been physically caught up in the present.

In Manhattan last week, Městrović told his story in halting English....

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