Los Angeles

“Sculpture II”

Pasadena Art Museum

In this, the second in a series of small sculpture shows, interest is centered on a selection of works by Gaston Lachaise, most of which date from around 1930. Head of a Woman is the most typical. Other pieces reveal some of the eroticism and severe geometry of which the artist was capable. An interesting relationship exists between the Lachaise pieces and a series of small clay models by Elie Nadelman dated about 1920. Unexpectedly, there is also a stylistic compatibility established with works of both Alexander Calder and Isamu Noguchi, particularly in the latter’s abstract Tiger from 1952. A single piece each from the works of Jose de Creeft and John B. Flanagan complete the exhibition which, although not distinguished, does offer a good study collection.

Constance Perkins