Everyone Wants a (Leon) Ferrari

The veteran Argentinean artist enjoys an unexpected late popularity

An Emile Zola novel of a life: Untitled, 1963
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An Emile Zola novel of a life: Untitled, 1963

And then there is Opus 113, a seven-foot, freestanding wire sculpture on a plinth the artist made in the 1980s. A set of cubiform boxes set atop a simple lightbox, this vertical scaffolding suggests a human presence contained, egg-like, inside its metal shell. The effect is as simple as it is disconcerting, as well as profoundly, unapologetically humanistic. Beyond the influences and the isms—and at incredible cost—Ferrari has earned his place in history.

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