San Francisco

Herbert Ferber

San Francisco Museum of Art

From the size of this exhibition, the enormous cost of transporting and setting up the large number of works shown, as well as the lavish sixty-four page catalog, with its omniscient introduction by Wayne Andersen of the Walker Art Center, one would naturally expect to be viewing the work of a major and important contributor to the twentieth-century sculptural idiom, at least equivalent in inventiveness and performance to such artists as David Smith, Henry Moore and Giacometti. Add to this Ferber’s reputation for high intelligence and upright humanism, his friendship with some of the best artistic minds in America, plus high acclaim by some of the most important critics, and it is something of a shock to examine the works and be forced to the conclusion that he is at best only a second rate sculptor whose work is often dull. Consistently, and throughout Ferber’s work, is a single unitary

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