Sculpture: Plumbing the Space Age

"I am always called a 'constructivist,' " says Naum Gabo, now 75, "as if I were a kind of pedantic engineer on the borders of art." As a dazzling year-long European retrospective of Gabo's sculptures, drawings and paintings drew to a close in London last week, it was doubtful that constructivist would ever again carry that connotation. In a chorus of approbation, critics have proclaimed that Gabo is anything but a pedantic engineer. In fact, as the founder of constructivism, he ranks as one of the innovators of 20th century art.

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