Jesús Soto, Mural, 1961. Paint, wire, and mixed media on wood, 278 x 493 x 62 cm.

“Jesús Soto: Paris and Beyond, 1950–1970”

New York

Grey Art Gallery, New York University

Venezuelan-born Jesús Soto, a major figure in avant-garde, mid-20th-century sculpture, left his country for Paris in 1950. As the intriguing and historically informative “Jesús Soto: Paris and Beyond, 1950–1970” points out, he took quickly to the progressive Parisian milieu, making friends with Yves Klein and Jean Tinguely. The artists in their circle, including, on the periphery, composer Pierre Boulez and critic Pierre Restany, looked at the found materials of urban life as a solution to the privileged use of traditional art mediums…see the entire review in the print version of November’s Sculpture magazine.