Lee Newton

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

An exhibition long overdue in Boston, Six Sculptors reflected various modes of sculpture-making, running the gamut of current idioms from free-standing objects and wall reliefs to architectonic constructions and ephemeral installations.

In a totally different realm of sculptural conception, LEE NEWTON defines her own arena by laying out a horizontal and a vertical working space. As with her earlier works one feels compelled to read this arrangement for its linear narrative content since her multipartite ensembles have a strong theatrical ambience—stage, backdrop, props, etc. This particular untitled wall and floor composition is meant to convey a celestial scenario. Undoubtedly, her roughly worked surfaces, her deep colors and the preference here for circular forms have some relation to a heavenly realm. But her primary props—an under-inflated beachball and a dusty tennis ball—never become

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