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Writing a book is a long and often arduous process…in R’s case a lot of fact-checking and just sitting and thinking, talking with friends/relatives/colleagues of the subject, arranging for photos to be taken, talking to collectors…LONG.  But there are a few terrifically exciting moments and one such is the day the proofs arrive…TODAY for instance.  When the proofs are in hand the project is more of a reality, more tangible.

The book in question here is the newest, the one on sculptor Manuel Izquierdo entitled

“Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature and Renewal”.  Even though I have watched the process, participated in a bit of sleuthing, taking some working photos, blogged about it…none of that prepares one for the moment the manuscript arrives.  That’s the moment when I see R’s skill at arranging, organizing and understanding the life and work of an artist.  It’s a gift, no doubt about it.  Here are some more images from the manuscript that will be printed and available at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art come January, when the show that this book accompanies opens to the public.

and here is the photo that most delighted me…”Monarch of the Forest”…the first big pieced wood sculpture of the 60’s…the work and most images of it lost forever and then…in that amazing way things happen…at the 11th hour…R found this slide of the piece, a piece that was later destroyed “by accident”…even though it had been sold.

PHEW!  Think you’ll enjoy having a copy of this one come January…