Art: Back to the Wall

Some visitors to Manhattan's slick Museum of Modern Art have been amused, annoyed or otherwise aroused by some contraptions made of tin, wire, roots, glass, cardboard and broken oddments, teetering, swaying, jiggling and bobbing in the breeze. These "mobiles," along with "stabiles" which don't jiggle, have been Alexander ("Sandy") Calder's principal claim to artistic fame.

Some like them but don't think they're art; others concede they might be art but don't want any. A few have paid from $50 to $1,200 to take one home.

Not seen so often are Calder's paintings —once his chief interest. Last week in Manhattan 20 new paintings...

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