By Tom Wolfe
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Stalk their very studios. That used to be how Bob bumped into Walter De Maria. It used to be a Saturday. one other tradition Sabbath. Bob Scull was once strolling down Madison street, and also you recognize, it’s humorous on Saturday in ny, particularly on a kind of Indian summer time days—God, by some means tradition simply looks within the air, like a part of the elements, all the old outlets on Madison street, with a bit blaze of golden ormolu right here and a bit oxblood-red leathery marquetry there, and the rugs hung up within the second-floor show windows—rich! —a Bakhtiari with a bit faded yellow surroundings off the red—and the galleries, God, gallery after gallery, with the pristine white partitions of tradition, the black wood floors, and the tradition buds, a bit Renoirish softness within the autumn faces. in the course of the window of this actual gallery, Scull can see ladies who're tending where, and one is sitting along with her legs crossed, a quick skirt on, nice pre-Raphaelite hair, the best tradition bud, and it isn't that he desires to make a move or whatever, it's only a part of this gorgeous surroundings of tradition in long island, Indian summer time, tradition Sabbath, the entire rest—so he is going in. it is only a excitement to move on in there and permit the whole lot simply kind of seep via you're keen on scorching espresso. yet what a freaking express. here's a few wood sculpture of a few kind, very tall pillars of wood—and then there's a bunch of drawings. other than that there doesn’t appear to be whatever at the paper, only a lot of framed clean paper at the wall. What the hell is that this? Scull is going up very on the subject of a drawing after which he can see there's a not easy little layout at the paper performed with a troublesome pencil, a No. eight or whatever, so that you can rarely see it. Then down on the backside, additionally during this difficult pencil, are those poverty-stricken little phrases: “Water, water, water. ” So Scull turns to the woman and he says, “I’ve noticeable loads of issues, yet how does this man imagine he’s going to promote those? ” “Well …” “I suggest, I don’t recognize what this entire artwork factor is coming to. You can’t even see what’s at the paper. ” He appears again at it back and it nonetheless says “Water, water, water. ” That’s all that’s up there. good, the woman says, it’s by means of a tender artist, they by no means dealt with him earlier than. She shrugs. Scull is actually bugged by way of this complete factor. “All right,” he says, ultimately, “how a lot is that this drawing? ” She offers him a look—what the hell, this woman by no means even thought of the associated fee prior to. not anyone ever requested. eventually she says, “It’s $110. ” “All right,” says Scull, “I let you know what. this complete factor insects me. I’ll purchase this drawing for $110 if you’ll provide me the artist’s identify, deal with and cell quantity. i need to work out what he has to assert approximately this. ” So she says alright, and it’s Walter De Maria. So the subsequent week Scull calls up the quantity. the article is, the whole lot disturbs him, and so this man could have whatever he should learn about. the phone dialog disturbs him a few extra. This Walter De Maria involves the telephone and Scull says, “This is Robert Scull.