Art: Track Through the Jungle?

To many a gallerygoer, 20th century sculpture is a jungle of confusion, full of weird shapes and ominous words like cubism, futurism and constructivism. But Andrew C. Ritchie, director of painting and sculpture at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, thinks he sees a track through it all.

His conviction: some of the best of the modernists are edging away from abstract designs and are beginning to rediscover the human frame. In so doing, he believes, mid-century artists are trending back toward Rodin—and the century's early spirit—after a long spell of sculpture-as-geometry. In demonstration of his idea, Ritchie has assembled a remarkable...

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