Art: The Monumentalist

"Our human frame, our gutted mansion, our enveloping sack of beef and ash is yet a glory. The human figure is the image of all men and of one man. It contains all and it can express all." So says Leonard Baskin, whose latest and best carving sat in state at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Mass., last week. Entitled Seated Man with Owl, it was a proud new acquisition for one of the nation's finest little museums, fell to Smith's lot because Baskin happens to teach there.

To be so traditionally devoted to the human figure is to...

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