Art: Good Humor in Bronze

For an age that seems to feel normal only when anxious, there is something a bit disturbing about all the wholesome good humor. The new bronze figures by Sculptor Chaim Gross at Manhattan's Forum Gallery appear to be having the time of their lives: mothers and children dance and embrace; acrobats tumble gaily over each other; jugglers fling their rings dexterously into the air. It takes a moment to shed the superstition that to be light-hearted is automatically to be lightweight.

Gross's youth was none too lighthearted: a series of nights during World...

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