Isamu Noguchi
American, 1904-1988
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High auction record
$5m, Christie's, 2017
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2018
Akari: Sculpture by Other Means,
Noguchi Museum
2017
Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center,
Noguchi Museum
2016
Design into Art: Highlights from the Collection,
Noguchi Museum

Isamu Noguchi was one of the 20th century’s most important and critically acclaimed sculptors and designers. Influenced by his mentor, Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, and by the abstract forms of Jean Arp and Japanese Zen gardens, Noguchi gained acclaim in 1946 when his biomorphic interlocking stone sculptures were included in “14 Americans” at the Museum of Modern Art. Integrating Japanese aesthetics with Western modernism, he pursued a lifetime of artistic experimentation that transcended the boundaries of art, design, theater, and architecture. He brought his belief that sculpture should shape space to iconic design objects such as his series of “Akari Light Sculptures,” hanging or freestanding Shoji-paper, bamboo, and wire lamps with a clean, molded aesthetic. His iconic coffee table, a soft-cornered, triangular glass top above curved, asymmetrical wood supports, fueled a …

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