Art: Radiating Sex & Soul

Gaston Lachaise had a way with women. At his touch, they stirred and swelled, breasts and bellies billowing. Women were plaster in his hands. Sculptures all, they are currently on exhibition at Los Angeles' County Museum of Art, part of the largest collection ever assembled of the late artist's works. A harem in stone and metal, they remind a world obsessed with Pop not to forget about Mom.

Lachaise was a bit obsessed himself. To him, women were mountains, Earth Mothers, the "life force" of the universe. He used them with a kind of...

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