The powerful legacy of Reuben Nakian has earned him a coveted place in the history of American art. No other sculptor of the twentieth century has matched Nakian’s heroic grapplings with the grand themes of Western art, returning classical mythology to the foreground of human consciousness. His instinctual yet inventive sculptures are ennobling, exploding with maximum emotional intensification. The dynamic sensuousness and voluptuous elegance which characterize his work mark a high point in the long tradition of sculpture from the ancient Greeks to the present. His erotic mythological figures exude a joyous energy of gesture and movement which places them among the seminal sculptural achievements of the past one hundred years.