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Isamu Noguchi
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Isamu Noguchi, 1941
Born(1904-11-17)November 17, 1904
Los Angeles, California, United States
DiedDecember 30, 1988(1988-12-30) (aged 84)
Education Columbia University
Known forSculpture
landscape architecture
Notable workRed Cube (New York City)
Black Sun (Seattle)
Sky Gate (Honolulu)
Akari lanterns
Herman Miller lounge table
Sapporo Moerenuma Park
Movement Biomorphism
(m. 1951;div. 1957)
Awards Logan Medal of the arts (Art Institute of Chicago)1963; Gold Medal, Architectural League of New York1965; Brandeis Creative Arts Award, 1966; Gold Medal (American Academy of Arts and Letters), 1977; Order of the Sacred Treasure; National Medal of Arts (1987)
The Garden of Peace, UNESCO headquarters, Paris. Donated by the Government of Japan, this garden was designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1958 and installed by Japanese gardener Toemon Sano. April 2010, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris - The Garden of Peace (or Japanese Garden) in Spring.jpg
The Garden of Peace, UNESCO headquarters, Paris. Donated by the Government of Japan, this garden was designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1958 and installed by Japanese gardener Toemon Sano.

Isamu Noguchi (野口 勇, Noguchi Isamu, November 17, 1904 – December 30, 1988) was an American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. [2] Known for his sculpture and public artworks, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold.


In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today. [3] His work lives on around the world and at the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in New York City.


Early life (1904–1922)

Isamu Noguchi was born in Los Angeles, the son of Yone Noguchi, a Japanese poet who was acclaimed in the United States, and Léonie Gilmour, an American writer who edited much of Noguchi's work.

Yone had ended his relationship with Gilmour earlier that year and planned to marry The Washington Post reporter Ethel Armes. After proposing to Armes, Yone left for Japan in late August, settling in Tokyo and awaiting her arrival; their engagement fell through months later when Armes learned of Léonie and her newborn son. [1]

In 1906, Yone invited Léonie to come to Tokyo with their son. She at first refused, but growing anti-Japanese sentiment following the Russo-Japanese War eventually convinced her to take up Yone's offer. [4] The two departed from San Francisco in March 1907, arriving in Yokohama to meet Yone. Upon arrival, their son was finally given the name Isamu (, "courage"). However, Yone had married a Japanese woman by the time they arrived, and was mostly absent from his son's childhood. After again separating from Yone, Léonie and Isamu moved several times throughout Japan.

In 1912, while the two were living in Chigasaki, Isamu's half-sister, pioneer of the American Modern Dance movement Ailes Gilmour, was born to Léonie and an unknown Japanese father. Here, Léonie had a house built for the three of them, a project that she had the 8-year-old Isamu "oversee". Nurturing her son's artistic ability, she put him in charge of their garden and apprenticed him to a local carpenter. [5] However, they moved once again in December 1917 to an English-speaking community in Yokohama.

In 1918, Noguchi was sent back to the US for schooling in Rolling Prairie, Indiana. After graduation, he left with Dr. Edward Rumely to LaPorte, where he found boarding with a Swedenborgian pastor, Samuel Mack. Noguchi began attending La Porte High School, graduating in 1922. During this period of his life, he was known by the name "Sam Gilmour". [6]

Early artistic career (1922–1927)

After high school, Noguchi explained his desire to become an artist to Rumely; [7] though he preferred that Noguchi become a doctor, he acknowledged Noguchi's request and sent him to Connecticut to work as an apprentice to his friend Gutzon Borglum. Best known as the creator of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Borglum was at the time working on the group called Wars of America for the city of Newark, New Jersey, a piece that includes forty-two figures and two equestrian sculptures. As one of Borglum's apprentices, Noguchi received little training as a sculptor; his tasks included arranging the horses and modeling for the monument as General Sherman. He did, however, pick up some skills in casting from Borglum's Italian assistants, later fashioning a bust of Abraham Lincoln. [8] At summer's end, Borglum told Noguchi that he would never become a sculptor, prompting him to reconsider Rumely's prior suggestion. [9]

He then traveled to New York City, reuniting with the Rumely family at their new residence, and with Dr. Rumely's financial aid enrolled in February 1922 as a premedical student at Columbia University. [10] Soon after, he met the bacteriologist Hideyo Noguchi, who urged him to reconsider art, as well as the Japanese dancer Michio Itō, whose celebrity status later helped Noguchi find acquaintances in the art world. [11] Another influence was his mother, who in 1923 moved from Japan to California, then later to New York.

In 1924, while still enrolled at Columbia, Noguchi followed his mother's advice to take night classes at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School. The school's head, Onorio Ruotolo, was immediately impressed by Noguchi's work. Only three months later, Noguchi held his first exhibit, a selection of plaster and terracotta works. He soon dropped out of Columbia University to pursue sculpture full-time, changing his name from Gilmour (the surname he had used for years) to Noguchi.

After moving into his own studio, Noguchi found work through commissions for portrait busts, he won the Logan Medal of the Arts. During this time, he frequented avant garde shows at the galleries of such modernists as Alfred Stieglitz and J. B. Neuman, and took a particular interest in a show of the works of Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. [12]

In late 1926, Noguchi applied for a Guggenheim Fellowship. In his letter of application, he proposed to study stone and wood cutting and to gain "a better understanding of the human figure" in Paris for a year, then spend another year traveling through Asia, exhibit his work, and return to New York. [13] He was awarded the grant despite being three years short of the age requirement.

Early travels (1927–1937)

Noguchi arrived in Paris in April 1927 and soon afterward met the American author Robert McAlmon, who brought him to Constantin Brâncuși's studio for an introduction. Despite a language barrier between the two artists (Noguchi barely spoke French, and Brâncuși did not speak English [14] ), Noguchi was taken in as Brâncuși's assistant for the next seven months. During this time, Noguchi gained his footing in stone sculpture, a medium with which he was unacquainted, though he would later admit that one of Brâncuși's greatest teachings was to appreciate "the value of the moment". [15] Meanwhile, Noguchi found himself in good company in France, with letters of introduction from Michio Itō helping him to meet such artists as Jules Pascin and Alexander Calder, who lived in the studio of Arno Breker. They became friends and Breker did a bronze bust of Noguchi.

Noguchi only produced one sculpture – his marble Sphere Section – in his first year, but during his second year he stayed in Paris and continued his training in stoneworking with the Italian sculptor Mateo Hernandes, producing over twenty more abstractions of wood, stone and sheet metal. Noguchi's next major destination was to be India, from which he would travel east; he arrived in London to read up on Oriental Sculpture, but was denied the extension to the Guggenheim Fellowship he needed.

In February 1929, he left for New York City. Brâncuși had recommended that Noguchi visit Romany Marie's café in Greenwich Village. [16] Noguchi did so and there met Buckminster Fuller, with whom he collaborated on several projects, [17] [18] [19] [20] including the modeling of Fuller's Dymaxion car. [21]

Upon his return, Noguchi's abstract sculptures made in Paris were exhibited in his first one-man show at the Eugene Schoen Gallery. After none of his works sold, Noguchi altogether abandoned abstract art for portrait busts in order to support himself. He soon found himself accepting commissions from wealthy and celebrity clients. A 1930 exhibit of several busts, including those of Martha Graham and Buckminster Fuller, garnered positive reviews, [22] and after less than a year of portrait sculpture, Noguchi had earned enough money to continue his trip to Asia.

Noguchi left for Paris in April 1930, and two months later received his visa to ride the Trans-Siberian Railway. He opted to visit Japan first rather than India, but after learning that his father Yone did not want his son to visit using his surname, a shaken Noguchi instead departed for Beijing. In China, he studied brush painting with Qi Baishi, staying for six months before finally sailing for Japan. [23] Even before his arrival in Kobe, Japanese newspapers had picked up on Noguchi's supposed reunion with his father; though he denied that this was the reason for his visit, the two did meet in Tokyo. He later arrived in Kyoto to study pottery with Uno Jinmatsu. Here he took note of local Zen gardens and haniwa, clay funerary figures of the Kofun period which inspired his terracotta The Queen.

Noguchi returned to New York amidst the Great Depression, finding few clients for his portrait busts. Instead, he hoped to sell his newly produced sculptures and brush paintings from Asia. Though very few sold, Noguchi regarded this one-man exhibition (which began in February 1932 and toured Chicago, the west coast, and Honolulu) as his "most successful". [24] Additionally, his next attempt to break into abstract art, a large streamlined figure of dancer Ruth Page entitled Miss Expanding Universe, was poorly received. [25] In January 1933 he worked in Chicago with Santiago Martínez Delgado on a mural for Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition, then again found a business for his portrait busts; he moved to London in June hoping to find more work, but returned in December just before his mother Leonie's death.

Beginning in February 1934, Noguchi began submitting his first designs for public spaces and monuments to the Public Works of Art Program. One such design, a monument to Benjamin Franklin, remained unrealized for decades. Another design, a gigantic pyramidal earthwork entitled Monument to the American Plow, was similarly rejected, and his "sculptural landscape" of a playground, Play Mountain, was personally rejected by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. He was eventually dropped from the program, and again supported himself by sculpting portrait busts. In early 1935, after another solo exhibition, the New York Sun's Henry McBride labeled Noguchi's Death , depicting a lynched African-American, as "a little Japanese mistake". [26] That same year he produced the set for Frontier , the first of many set designs for Martha Graham.

After the Federal Art Project started up, Noguchi again put forth designs, one of which was another earthwork chosen for the New York City airport entitled Relief Seen from the Sky; following further rejection, Noguchi left for Hollywood, where he again worked as a portrait sculptor to earn money for a sojourn in Mexico. Here, Noguchi was chosen to design his first public work, a relief mural for the Abelardo Rodriguez market in Mexico City. The 20-meter-long History as Seen from Mexico in 1936 was hugely political and socially conscious, featuring such modern symbols as the Nazi swastika, a hammer and sickle, and the equation E = mc². Noguchi also met Frida Kahlo during this time and had a brief but passionate affair with her; they remained friends until her death. [27]

Further career in the United States (1937–1948)

Noguchi returned to New York in 1937. He designed the Zenith Radio Nurse, the iconic original baby monitor now held in many museum collections. The Radio Nurse was Noguchi's first major design commission and he called it "my only strictly industrial design". [28]

He again began to turn out portrait busts, and after various proposals was selected for two sculptures. The first of these, a fountain built of automobile parts for the Ford Motor Company's exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair, was thought of poorly by critics and Noguchi alike [29] [30] but nevertheless introduced him to fountain-construction and magnesite. Conversely, his second sculpture, a nine-ton stainless steel bas-relief entitled News, was unveiled over the entrance to the Associated Press building at the Rockefeller Center in April 1940 to much praise. [31] Following further rejections of his playground designs, Noguchi left on a cross-country road trip with Arshile Gorky and Gorky's fiancée in July 1941, eventually separating from them to go to Hollywood.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, anti-Japanese sentiment was energized in the United States, and in response Noguchi formed "Nisei Writers and Artists for Democracy". Noguchi and other group leaders wrote to influential officials, including the congressional committee headed by Representative John H. Tolan, hoping to halt the internment of Japanese Americans; Noguchi later attended the hearings but had little effect on their outcome. He later helped organize a documentary of the internment, but left California before its release; as a legal resident of New York, he was allowed to return home. He hoped to prove Japanese-American loyalty by somehow helping the war effort, but when other governmental departments turned him down, Noguchi met with John Collier, head of the Office of Indian Affairs, who persuaded him to travel to the internment camp located on an Indian reservation in Poston, Arizona, to promote arts and crafts and community. [32]

Noguchi arrived at the Poston camp in May 1942, becoming its only voluntary internee. [32] Noguchi first worked in a carpentry shop, but his hope was to design parks and recreational areas within the camp. Although he created several plans at Poston, among them designs for baseball fields, swimming pools, and a cemetery, [33] he found that the War Relocation Authority had no intention of implementing them. To the WRA camp administrators he was a troublesome interloper from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and to the internees he was an agent of the camp administration. [34] Many did not trust him and saw him as a spy. He had found nothing in common with the Nisei, who regarded him as a strange outsider.

In June, Noguchi applied for release, but intelligence officers labeled him as a "suspicious person" due to his involvement in "Nisei Writers and Artists for Democracy". He was finally granted a month-long furlough on November 12, but never returned; though he was granted a permanent leave afterward, he soon afterward received a deportation order. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing him of espionage, launched into a full investigation of Noguchi which ended only through the American Civil Liberties Union's intervention. [35] Noguchi would later retell his wartime experiences in the British World War II television documentary series The World at War .

Upon his return to New York, Noguchi took a new studio in Greenwich Village. Throughout the 1940s, Noguchi's sculpture drew from the ongoing surrealist movement; these works include not only various mixed-media constructions and landscape reliefs, but lunars – self-illuminating reliefs – and a series of biomorphic sculptures made of interlocking slabs. The most famous of these assembled-slab works, Kouros, was first shown in a September 1946 exhibition, helping to cement his place in the New York art scene. [36]

In 1947 he began a relationship with Herman Miller of Zeeland, Michigan. This relationship was to prove very fruitful, resulting in several designs that have become symbols of the modernist style, including the iconic Noguchi table, which remains in production today. Noguchi also developed a relationship with Knoll, designing furniture and lamps. During this period he continued his involvement with theater, designing sets for Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring and John Cage and Merce Cunningham's production of The Seasons. Near the end of his time in New York, he also found more work designing public spaces, including a commission for the ceilings of the Time-Life headquarters.

In March 1949, Noguchi had his first one-person show in New York since 1935 at the Charles Egan Gallery. [37] In September 2003, The Pace Gallery held an exhibition of Noguchi's work at their 57th Street gallery. The exhibition, entitled 33 MacDougal Alley: The Interlocking Sculpture of Isamu Noguchi, featured eleven of the artist’s interlocking sculptures. This was the first exhibition to illustrate the historical significance of the relationship between MacDougal Alley and Isamu Noguchi’s sculptural work. [38]

David Finn, Isamu Noguchi at the Noguchi Garden Museum, c.1985, (c)David Finn Archive, Department of Image Collections, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, DC Isamu Noguchi at the Noguchi Garden Museum by David Finn.jpg
David Finn, Isamu Noguchi at the Noguchi Garden Museum, c.1985, ©David Finn Archive, Department of Image Collections, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, DC

Bollingen Fellowship and life in Japan (1948–1952)

Following the suicide of his artist friend Arshile Gorky in 1948, and a failed romantic relationship with Nayantara Pandit (the niece of Indian nationalist Jawaharlal Nehru), Noguchi applied for a Bollingen Fellowship to travel the world, proposing to study public space as research for a book about the "environment of leisure".

Later years (1952–1988)

In his later years Noguchi gained in prominence and acclaim, installing his large-scale works in many of the world's major cities.

He was married to the ethnic-Japanese icon of Chinese song and cinema Yoshiko Yamaguchi, between 1952 and 1957. [39] :115 [40] :131,148 [2]

In 1955, he designed the sets and costumes for a controversial theatre production of King Lear starring John Gielgud. [41]

In 1962, he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. [42]

In 1971, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. [43]

In 1986, he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale, showing a number of his Akari light sculptures. [44]

In 1987, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Isamu Noguchi died on December 30, 1988 at the age of 84. In its obituary for Noguchi, The New York Times called him "a versatile and prolific sculptor whose earthy stones and meditative gardens bridging East and West have become landmarks of 20th-century art". [2]

Notable works

Heimar (1968), at the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel 104 0422.JPG
Heimar (1968), at the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

His final project was the design for Moerenuma Park, a 400-acre (160 ha) park in Sapporo, Japan. Designed in 1988 shortly before his death, it was completed and opened to the public in 2004.


Noguchi received the Edward MacDowell Medal for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to the Arts in 1982; the National Medal of Arts in 1987; and the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Japanese government in 1988. [67]

In 2004, the US Postal Service issued a 37-cent stamp honoring Noguchi. [68]


Entrance to Noguchi Museum, New York City Noguchi Museum.JPG
Entrance to Noguchi Museum, New York City

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum is devoted to the preservation, documentation, presentation, and interpretation of the work of Isamu Noguchi. It is supported by a variety of public and private funding bodies. [69] The US copyright representative for the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum is the Artists Rights Society. [70] In 2012, it was announced that, in order to reduce liability, Noguchi's catalogue raisonné would be published as an online-only, ever-modifiable work-in-progress. [71] [72]


M+ [1] in partnership with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum organized an exhibition of Isamu Noguchi and Danh Vō. Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint(Nov 16, 2018 - April 22, 2019) The exhibition take place in the M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong.

See also


  1. 1 2 "Chronology". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  2. 1 2 3 Brenson, Michael (December 31, 1988). "Isamu Noguchi, the Sculptor, Dies at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  3. Pina, Leslie (1998). Classic Herman Miller. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN   0-7643-0471-2.
  4. Duus, 2004. pp. 45–46
  5. Duus, 2004. pp. 73–74
  6. Winther, Bert (Fall 1995). "Isamu Noguchi". Art Journal. 54 (3): 113–115. doi:10.2307/777614. JSTOR   777614.
  7. Noguchi, 1968. p. 14
  8. Noguchi, 1968. pp. 14–15
  9. Noguchi, 1968. p. 15
  10. "The Abstract Sculptor Who Melded East and West". Columbia College Today. Fall 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  11. "Interview with Isamu Noguchi. November 7, 1973.". Cummings, Paul. Retrieved October 19, 2006.
  12. Noguchi, 1968. p. 16
  13. "Proposal to the Guggenheim Foundation (1927)". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved October 18, 2006. Archived October 3, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  14. Duus, 2004. p. 114
  15. Kuh, 1962. p. 173
  16. Robert Schulman. Romany Marie: The Queen of Greenwich Village (pp. 109–110). Louisville: Butler Books, 2006. ISBN   1-884532-74-8.
  17. "Interview with Isamu Noguchi". Conducted November 7, 1973 by Paul Cummings at Noguchi's studio in Long Island City, Queens. Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
  18. Grace Glueck (May 19, 2006). "The Architect and the Sculptor: A Friendship of Ideas". The New York Times .
  19. John Haber. "Before Buckyballs". Review of Noguchi Museum's Best of Friends exhibition (2006).
  20. John Haskell. "Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi". Kraine Gallery Bar Lit, Fall 2007. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008.
  21. Michael John Gorman (March 12, 2002). "Passenger Files: Isamo Noguchi, 1904–1988". Towards a cultural history of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Car . Stanford Humanities Lab. Archived from the original on September 16, 2007. Includes images
  22. Jewell, Edward Allen (February 9, 1930). "Work by 6 Japanese Artists", The New York Times.
  23. Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930, Frye Art Museum (Seattle). Web page for exhibit February 22 – May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  24. Duus, 2004. p. 137
  25. Duus, 2004. p. 140
  26. Noguchi, 1968. pp. 22–23
  27. PBS—The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
  28. Banham, Joanna (1997). Encyclopedia of Interior Design. Routledge. ISBN   978-1-136-78757-7.
  29. Duus, 2004. p. 159
  30. Noguchi, 1968. p. 24
  31. "Stainless Sculpture", (May 5, 1940). The New York Times. p. 2.
  32. 1 2 Duus, 2004. p. 169
  33. Duus, 2004. p. 170
  34. Duus, Masayo (2004). The Life of Isamu Noguchi . Princeton University Press. pp.  171–172.
  35. Duus, 2004. pp. 184–185
  36. Duus, 2004. p. 191
  37. Noguchi Museum: Timeline (Drag to year, then month)
  38. 33 MacDougal Alley: The Interlocking Sculpture of Isamu Noguchi Official media release by PaceWildenstein, New York, c. September 2003 (undated) Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  39. Altshuler, Bruce (1994). Isamu Noguchi (1st ed.). New York: Abbeville Press. ISBN   1-55859-755-7.
  40. Ashton, Dore; Hare, Denise Brown (1993). Noguchi : East and West. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN   0-520-08340-7.
  41. Gielgud: A Theatrical Life 1904–2000 by Jonathan Croall, Continuum 2001
  42. Academy of Arts & Letters web site, academicians Archived January 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  43. AAAS fellows, p. 303 (p.7 of 9).
  44. Ianco-Starrels, Josine (June 29, 1986). "Noguchi Represents U.S. At 42nd Venice Biennale". Los Angeles Times.
  45. "Martha Graham". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  46. "Lunar Landscape". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  47. "Lunar Landscape (Woman)". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  48. "Coffee Table". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  49. "Noguchi's Texas Sculpture · Isamu Noguchi". Texas Sculpture. Fort Worth Public Library. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  50. "Hiroshima Bridge Railings; Hiroshima, Japan". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  51. "666 Fifth Avenue Ceiling and Waterfall". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  52. "Gardens for UNESCO". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  53. "First Lady Melania Trump Unveils Sculpture Installation in the White House Rose Garden". . Retrieved November 21, 2020 via National Archives.
  54. "Sun". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  55. "Yale Alumni Magazine: Last Look". 2006. Retrieved December 3, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  56. "Sunken Garden for Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  57. "Sunken Garden, Chase Manhattan Bank Plaza". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  58. "Gardens for IBM Headquarters, Armonk, NY". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  59. "Billy Rose Sculpture Garden". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  60. "Playground for Kodomo No Kuni". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  61. Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Venedig
  62. "Isamu Noguchi Octetra". Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  63. "Expo '70 Fountains". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  64. "Twin Sculptures, Bayerische Vereins Bank, Munich". The Noguchi Museum. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  65. ""Spirit of the Lima Bean" (1980) by Isamu Noguchi". Public Art in Public Places. June 2, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  66. ""To the Issei" (1980, 1983) by Isamu Noguchi". Public Art in Public Places. August 29, 2022. Retrieved September 6, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  67. Official Biography at the Noguchi Museum website
  68. "Stamp Series". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original on August 10, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  69. Noguchi Museum Mission, Vision and Supporters at Noguchi Museum website
  70. List of artists represented at the Artists Rights Society website Archived January 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  71. Collectors, artists and lawyers The Economist, November 24, 2012.
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Léonie Gilmour was an American educator, editor and journalist. She was the lover and editor of the writer Yone Noguchi and the mother of sculptor Isamu Noguchi and dancer Ailes Gilmour. She is the subject of the feature film Leonie (2010) and the book Leonie Gilmour: When East Weds West (2013).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dorothy Hale</span> American socialite (1905–1938)

Dorothy Hale was an American socialite and aspiring actress. She died after jumping off a building in New York City. Her husband's death, followed by several unsuccessful relationships, left her financially dependent on her wealthy friends. The artist Frida Kahlo, commissioned by Clare Boothe Luce, created a famous painting based on her death, titled The Suicide of Dorothy Hale.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Yokohama Museum of Art</span> Art museum

Yokohama Museum of Art, founded in 1989, is located in the futuristic Minato Mirai 21 district of the Japanese city Yokohama, next to the Yokohama Landmark Tower.

<i>Leonie</i> (film) 2010 film

Leonie is a 2010 Japanese film directed by Hisako Matsui and starring Emily Mortimer and Shido Nakamura. The film is based on the life of Léonie Gilmour, the American lover and editorial assistant of Japanese writer Yone Noguchi and mother of sculptor Isamu Noguchi and dancer Ailes Gilmour.

Onorio Ruotolo (1888–1966) was an Italian-American sculptor and poet, once known as the "Rodin of Little Italy."

JB Blunk (1926–2002) was a sculptor who worked primarily in wood and clay. In addition to the pieces he produced in wood and ceramics, Blunk worked in other media including jewelry, furniture, painting, bronze, and stone.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sean K. L. Browne</span> American artist

Sean Kekamakupaʻa Lee Loy Browne is a contemporary sculptor who was born in Hilo, Hawaii. He attended the Kamehameha Schools and then earned a BA in studio art from the University of Redlands in 1975.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Organic Abstraction</span>

Organic Abstraction is an artistic style characterized by "the use of rounded or wavy abstract forms based on what one finds in nature." It takes its cues from rhythmic forms found in nature, both small scale, as in the structures of small-growth leaves and stems, and grand, as in the shapes of the universe that are revealed by astronomy and physics. Nautillus shells and honeycombs are examples of organic structures that have served as inspiration for this work, along with the bones and musculature of the body, both human and animal.

Sinai is a public artwork by the Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi, located at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, which is near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Sinai is a cast-iron sculpture measuring 36 inches (910 mm) high, 21 inches (530 mm) wide, and 11 inches (280 mm) deep. It is part of a series of work created between the 1967 and 1969, during which time Noguchi was collaborating with the Japanese stone carver Masatoshi Izumi.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Modern sculpture</span>

Modern sculpture is generally considered to have begun with the work of Auguste Rodin, who is seen as the progenitor of modern sculpture. While Rodin did not set out to rebel against the past, he created a new way of building his works. He "dissolved the hard outline of contemporary Neo-Greek academicism, and thereby created a vital synthesis of opacity and transparency, volume and void". Along with a few other artists in the late 19th century who experimented with new artistic visions in sculpture like Edgar Degas and Paul Gauguin, Rodin invented a radical new approach in the creation of sculpture. Modern sculpture, along with all modern art, "arose as part of Western society's attempt to come to terms with the urban, industrial and secular society that emerged during the nineteenth century".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Saburo Hasegawa</span>

Saburō Hasegawa was a Japanese calligrapher, painter, art writer, curator, and teacher. He was an early advocate of abstract art in Japan and an equally vocal supporter of the Japanese traditional arts and Zen Buddhism. Throughout his career he argued for the connection between East Asian classical arts and Western abstract painting.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Zenith Radio Nurse</span>

The Radio Nurse was the first electronic baby monitor. Manufactured by the Zenith Radio Corporation, it went on sale in 1938. The product was developed by Zenith executive Eugene F. McDonald, and designed by Japanese-American sculptor and product designer Isamu Noguchi. Although the product was manufactured for only a few years, it has been acclaimed for its design. It is still in demand as a collectible and is in many museum collections.


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