Dark Visions Of Primal Myth

ARTIST: MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ

WHERE: MARLBOROUGH GALLERIES, MANHATTAN; P.S. 1, LONG ISLAND CITY

WHAT: SCULPTURES

THE BOTTOM LINE: In bronze, burlap and tree trunks, a powerful Polish artist forges the drama of human loss and survival.

In American culture, Philip Roth remarked before the fall of communism, everything goes and nothing matters, whereas in Central Europe nothing goes and everything matters. One remembers this when looking at the work of the Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz, who lives and works in Warsaw but whose American reputation has been growing steadily since the early '80s. Her two current New York shows -- one at...

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