Underground Art

Washington society is full of good neighborliness for Maria Martins Pereira e Souza. Washingtonians missed her last week. The small, dynamically sociable adornment of Brazil's U.S. Embassy was in Manhattan for the opening of her fourth U.S. sculpture show. With a gay, glistening grin, Senhora Martins—who signs her work "Maria"—told a reporter that "art is the underground of the world, and we will win in the end."

As an up & coming member of that underground, black-haired Maria is not unknown to the authorities. Her jacaranda wood version of St. Francis is one of the few contemporary sculptures in Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum....

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