Art: Toward the Timeless

Sculptors, by the nature of their bulky craft, are the most tied down of all artists. The exception seems to be Los Angeles-born Isamu Noguchi, 54, who travels at the drop of a toothbrush, is equally at home in New York, Paris and Tokyo, believes in using tools to finish the job and then, if necessary, abandoning them. Last week Noguchi came to rest long enough to put together, at Manhattan's Stable Gallery, his first major exhibition in eleven years—36 pieces ranging from iron forms forged in Japan to towering monoliths in the famous...

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