Art: Joan Junyer

An imaginative artist with a big idea had a little show at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art last week. He was 41-year-old Jōan Junyer, Spanish-born and Paris-trained, whose five years in the U.S. have jolted him out of plain painting into bold dreams of stage designing. His big idea: stage and dance scenery should actively participate in the performance.

To illustrate his thesis, Junyer has exhibited eleven figure models, scenic projects, and a "dance composition in high relief"—an ingenious polychrome plaster plaque. These exhibits demonstrate ways of putting his idea into practice: 1)...

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