Art: Possibly Eternal

Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum is less concerned with contemporary art than with the possibly eternal; in general, it leaves purchases of recent art to others. But last week the museum announced the purchase of a work by U.S. Sculptor William Zorach, 65. The Met's new sculpture is, however, on an eternal theme: Mother and Child. Moreover, it is an old friend; for three years, in the early '40s, it stood in the Metropolitan, on loan from the artist.

Sculptor Zorach took three years to carve his warmly maternal Mother and Child from a three-ton chunk of rose-colored marble. In the sculpting, he ignored...

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