Sculpture: Anatomy of an Assassination

A presidential assassination sends a shock wave of horror across a nation. Contemporary artists and writers called upon to depict or describe it all too often resort to maudlin bathos or tight-lipped understatement. Years may pass before it can be viewed with anything like objectivity—and then the initial, highly emotional reaction may fascinate the historian as much as the event. On display in Manhattan's Dintenfass Gallery last week was an exuberantly witty and challengingly mordant display of 52 paintings and collages anatomizing an assassination. Its extraordinary impact derived from the fact...

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