Paul Manship was one of the most successful sculptors of his generation, but we hardly see his work any more, and two pieces here show why. "Flight of the Night," 1916 and "Diana," 1920, seem not only be part of that period but hopelessly dated. The critic Henry McBride, writing at that time, called Manship's work "perfect," and not as a compliment.
There are pieces here that will suffer the same fate, and the trick is to assess which ones. I would suggest the Claes Oldenburg "Typewriter Eraser," and Joe Brainard's "Nancy" series are candidates.
But no matter, there is plenty to look at, think about, and enjoy in this show, and a month left to do it.
Ken Greenleaf can be reached at email@example.com.
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