Art: Hewn out of Wax

The first show of the new art season at Manhattan's Whitney Museum of American Art will cover all three floors, more space than the museum ever gave for a one-man exhibition. The size of the show is all the more impressive because of the artist it will honor. He is Bernard Reder, 64, an enormously imaginative New York sculptor whose name is scarcely known to the general public.

Bernard Reder has, in a sense, been perennially out of fashion. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he has always disliked modeling in clay, preferring to work...

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