Sculpture: Master of the Monumentalists

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Gallerygoers at this week's sculpture show in Washington's Corcoran Gallery will have no trouble finding the exhibit. Once they step inside the skylighted atrium they will be in it, surrounded by it, and all but overwhelmed by it. Rising around them on spiky legs is an asymmetric network of 43 piers, a black behemoth, 45 ft. long, 33 ft. wide and 22 ft. high. Its thrusting structure wars against the gallery's Doric columns, seemingly pushing them aside to create its own hypnotic environment like some underwater coral growth.

When the behemoth,...

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