Art: Bronze Realists

The hottest "underground" figure in the international art world is a 28-year-old Dutch sculptor who has never exhibited in a big-city museum or gallery, and is not even an abstractionist. He is Kees (rhymes with bays) Verkade, who makes small, unpretentious bronzes of athletes and urban dwellers−hardly the thing, it would seem, to cause a tremor in these days of earth works and conceptual art. Yet within the past year Verkade's works have been eagerly sought and bought by private collectors from Holland to Hollywood.

Verkade has a gift for freezing an action at its most expressive moment. Connoisseurs with the special...

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