Art: Easy to Love

New York museums are now as bent on resurrecting lost reputations as, a decade ago, they were on promoting new ones. A revisionist ecstasy is in the air, and one of the more important artists to benefit from it (if posthumously) is Sculptor Elie Nadelman. A definitive retrospective of some 150 sculptures and drawings opened last week at the Whitney Museum, organized by Art Historian John Baur, director of the Whitney until his retirement last year.

When Nadelman died in New York in 1946, his name vanished as suddenly as a stone into a...

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