Art: Frugal Elegance

In the past couple of decades, many weird objects have been produced by the welding torch and palmed off as sculpture; but heat and metal and modern art do not always have to create monstrosities. One man who has proved this is 56-year-old José de Rivera, 15 of whose sculptures went on display last week at Manhattan's Whitney Museum. De Rivera's scoops and swoops of polished or painted metal are liquid geometry produced with such skill that neither hammer blow nor welded seam is ever visible.

De Rivera is the kind of man who can repair a tractor, shoe a horse...

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