Art: Homage to Gonzalez

The sculptures, drawings, masks and enamels by Julio Gonzalez now on show in Manhattan's Galerie Chalette tell a great deal about the strange and melancholy adventurer who wrought them, and a great deal more about the adventuresome path sculptors of this age have taken.

When Gonzalez died in 1942, the world's scrap iron was as precious as its guns. It was not until war's end that sculptors in metal were free to trace his pioneer steps. Now rods, clinkers, nuts and bolts have been fused and forged into the new nature of sculpture, and in its open and bristling aerial forms, there...

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