Art: Woman on a Pedestal

Smooth as ice and sweet-looking as ice cream, they stood naked and serene for all to see. They had names like Shirley, Janet, Dottie and Barbara. Their creator, who had carved them in stone and wood, and exhibited them in a Manhattan gallery last week, talked of the little statues with impartial enthusiasm. Sculptor Oronzio Maldarelli, a sure-handed classicist, had spent 13 years on them, working almost entirely from memory and imagination, and had named the figures after friends as a courtesy. "I'm trying to create form, beautiful harmonies of shapes. I wouldn't waste a minute on just the physical aspect,...

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