"I hit this town in 1947 and I've been here since. From New York. I was horn in New Jersey and raised in New York. I first met this thing, sculpture, in those neighborhood clubs designed to keep us bad boys off the streets. Then there was the army and when I was free again I came to Paris. I settled down in Montparnasse. Lots of things happen in Montparnasse."
Interviewer: For you the head seems to represent the whole person.
Alex. I try to find the whole body in a head. I usually buiU from the bottom up, with slabs of clay. the chin often seems to go hay^vire, it shoots all the way out. The chin becomes the legs of man stepping out, moving forward. In my earlier pieces there was a normal forehead, then little by little it became less and less, as if the brain were starting to shrink, and I became conscious of the need to maybe wear a hat. To hide that deficiency.
I. Do you start with a drawing?
A. Well, drawing is simply to record... a …