Artbeat

Capsule reviews of current area art exhibitions.

Magdalena Abakanowicz's 95 Figures stand in diagonal rows, like bronze sentinels on the second floor of the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. The human-sized sculptures provoke a heavy sense of foreboding. Some take a step, others are static; they're all headless and armless. The work is easy to appreciate for its largeness, the precision of the figures' placement and its ability to draw a visceral reaction. The urge to climb in and stand among the figures, to be amidst the crowd and absorb the mob's purpose, is almost irresistible. At the same time, the work provides no pleasure or enjoyment. There are five other pieces displayed with the figures. One at the end of the hall leading to the exhibit, The Second Never Seen Figure on Beam with Wheels, is looming and unique, a perfect counterpoint to the crowd. (Through October 30, at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, One E. Las Olas Blvd. Call 954-525-5500.)

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