PORTRAITS

Returning to New York from Paris, Noguchi exhibited his new abstract sculpture at the Eugene Schoen Gallery in April 1929. When nothing sold, he abandoned abstraction and employed his early academic skills to make portrait sculpture, sculpting the heads of the wealthy for income and those of fellow artists and acquaintances for friendship. Noguchi would sculpt close to 120 portrait heads in his career, supporting himself primarily by portrait commissions through the Depression years.