Sculpture: Dissatisfied Aristotle

In Italian, his name means "golden apple," or more commonly, "tomato." But his cognomen, insists Arnaldo Pomodoro, has nothing to do with the fact that he has grown famous sculpting massive spheres cast in polished bronze (opposite). Rather, he is a kind of dissatisfied Aristotelian, seeking the true nature of form inside matter. "For me," he says, "the sphere is a perfect, almost magical form. Then you try to break the surface, go inside and give life to the form."

Pomodoro, 39, started out making modern jewelry. Slowly his self-taught attempts at sculpture drew recognition, until prizes at the 1963...

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