New York

Henri Laurens

New York Cultural Center

It was a very fine idea of the New York Cultural Center to hold a retrospective of the work of Henri Laurens, but to tell the truth, it wasn’t an especially good representation ofhis output. I know this is an oddity, since what the show consisted of was the donation of the Laurens estate to the French government, but there it is. At any rate the show afforded an entirely adequate chance to review what Laurens did—for the first time, I believe, in this country—and that made it very welcome. Laurens was not by any means a great sculptor, but he was intelligent, sensitive, and serious; and since, in addition, he was content to explore problems he inherited from others, without devising new approaches of his own, his work epitomizes the traditions, methods and aspirations of French sculpture during three exceptionally busy and important decades. And its interest, which remains constant through

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