Sculpture: Forbidden Toys

War, like illness, sometimes affords its survivors unique insights. Sculptor Lucas Samaras, 32, grew up in Macedonia during World War II and the Greek civil war. Now a U.S. citizen, he still remembers "the bombings, the hiding, my aunt's ripped belly, the sound of executions, the strange pride in being visited by a catastrophe."

He also recalls that, in a household of overwrought women, he was often left alone as a small boy to play with forbidden toys: sharp umbrella spokes and matches from the kitchen, pins and needles from the sewing...