Art: Modern Missionary

In Philadelphia last week, the Pennsylvania Academy welcomed the city to its 148th annual art exhibition and handed out kudos for the best work in the show. The prize for the top painting went to an old & familiar name, Abstract Muralist Rico Lebrun, for a panel from his dark and angry Crucifixion (TIME, March 19, 1951). But the top sculpture winner was a surprise: a Roman Catholic priest who teaches art at Notre Dame.

Father Anthony J. Lauck, 43, presented a statue as simple and serene as Painter Lebrun's canvas was noisy. It was a semi-abstract study of a Monk at...

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