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Philip Pavia, 94, pioneer sculptor

NEW YORK -- Philip Pavia, a pioneer in modern abstract sculpture and an outspoken avant-garde thinker, has died in Manhattan. He was 94.

He died Wednesday of complications from a stroke, said his wife, Natalie Edgar.

Mr. Pavia sculpted in a range of styles, though he was perhaps best known for abstract, large-scale works such as ''The Ides of March," a four-piece sculpture in bronze that was displayed outside the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue for more than two decades. Other large-scale works were displayed outside the Guggenheim and Cooper-Hewitt museums.

Mr. Pavia also sculpted figurative works, including the terra-cotta heads included in his last show, at the OK Harris gallery in SoHo.

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