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Gaston Lachaise 1882-1935: Sculpture and Drawings from the Lachaise Foundation 

In 1905, a 23-year-old Parisian sculptor set sail for America. His name was Gaston Lachaise and he was obsessed " not with dreams of fame or fortune, but with a woman. Her name was Isabel Nagle; he would later call her his 'primary inspiration." Not surprisingly, perhaps, his work focused largely on the female body, 'its curves, movements and inner caverns." Many of his pieces were too daring to be cast during his lifetime, and a few even raised eyebrows when first exhibited in the 1960s. In 1935, Lachaise was the subject of the first retrospective ever given a living artist by the Museum of Modern Art. Later that year, in true tragic/romantic fashion, he died at age 52, at the peak of his influence. This exhibition organized by the Lachaise Foundation celebrates his unique legacy. " — D. Eric Bookhardt

Through Oct. 21

New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 658-4100; www.noma.org

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