Sculpture: The Assembled Line

Is it a computer, silenced by the cold?

A piano fabricated by a plumber? A slightly addled robot? The imaginary machines of English Sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi might be any of these—he makes them in a machine shop rather than a studio. There was a time when he scoured junkyards and assembled sculptures; now he builds them from scratch and then casts them in aluminum alloys.

He has brought constructivism full cycle. Now on view in Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art and London's Robert Fraser Gallery, his sculptures are shiny and symmetrical, linear and still—functionless art objects that seem to invite the...

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