Art: Not Beauty

Behind the chrome, glass and marble façade of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, a host of pierced, twisted creatures lay in wait for the public last week. Their featureless pinheads reared from vast bodies shaped like waves, polished tree trunks, and sand-smoothed desert rocks.

They were the carvings of British Sculptor Henry Moore, who, the British think, is something special. Last week he was having his first big U.S. show, and London Times Art Critic Eric Newton tried to explain (in the New York Times) just what sort of person it was who created such distressingly inhuman things.

Wrote Newton: "Imagine a smallish...

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