Art: Swooping & Floating

Sculpture is thankless work these days. Private collectors and museums can seldom afford it, public buildings do without it; even Roman Catholic churches, which supported Western sculpture for centuries, now generally buy mass-produced statues of painted plaster (TIME, Jan. 17). The wonder is that sculptors keep going, and manage to chip out such new works as were shown at Manhattan's Whitney Museum last week.

It was the Whitney's twelfth annual mixed exhibition of contemporary U.S. sculpture and watercolors. On the whole, the watercolors had more quality than the stone, steel, wood and bronze figures on display. But if only because it was...

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