Saturday, November 14, 2015

the last book I ever read (Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi by Hayden Herrera, excerpt fourteen)

from Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi by Hayden Herrera:

After Eleanor Ward refused to show his aluminum sculptures in 1959, Noguchi remained determined to exhibit this body of work. New York’s prestigious Knoedler Gallery offered to show them in spring 1961. To get his sculptures ready, Noguchi decided to take them to Troy, Ohio, to have them anodized. When Priscilla heard about his plan she said, “IF you are driving West, I’m going with you.” Noguchi tried to dissuade her but Priscilla could think of nothing better than to accompany the man she loved on a road trip, and eventually persuaded him. Noguchi wrapped his aluminum sculptures carefully and packed them into a rented truck. Priscilla remembers he wore a beret and drove too fast on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. He was not a good driver. A trooper stopped them, but he turned out to be a Nisei, so after a bit of conversation he let Noguchi off with a warning. The next fracas happened when they arrived at the motel where they would spend the night and Noguchi, forgetting that he was driving a truck, drove right into the building’s overhang. Priscilla played peacemaker with the angry motel owner.

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