Sculpture: Infinity in Eight Minutes

Into place atop a pedestal in front of the Smithsonian Institution's new Museum of History and Technology last week went an 8-ft.-high, stainless-steel piece of abstract sculpture designed by New York's José de Rivera, 62, and executed with the aid of fellow New York Abstractionist Roy Gussow, 48. In terms of institutional oneupmanship, the work gives the Smithsonian the distinction of placing the first abstract sculpture on the capital's Mall, which will eventually be blooming with them: Hostess Gwen Cafritz is donating an Alexander Calder stabile-mobile that will be installed in...

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