Isamu Noguchi

American, 1904–1988

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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 …

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$5.0m, Christie's, 2017
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Solitude, 1904-1988
Sold on Dec 3, 2020
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Conceived in 1962 and cast in 1963. This work is number two from an edition of six plus two artist's proofs and one artist's cast.
192.7 x 21.6 x 20.6 cm
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Dec 3, 2020
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Solitude bronze 75 7/8 x 8 ½ x 8 1/8 in. (192.7 x 21.6 x 20.6 cm.) Conceived in 1962 and cast in 1963. This work is number two from an edition of six plus two artist's proofs and one artist's cast.
Solitude, 1904-1988
Conceived in 1962 and cast in 1963. This work is number two from an edition of six plus two artist's proofs and one artist's cast.
Dec 3, 2020
Christie's
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192.7 x 21.6 x 20.6 cm
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Dec 3, 2020
Christie's
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Solitude bronze 75 7/8 x 8 ½ x 8 1/8 in. (192.7 x 21.6 x 20.6 cm.) Conceived in 1962 and cast in 1963. This work is number two from an edition of six plus two artist's proofs and one artist's cast.
Pylon, 1904-1988
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$87,500
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Conceived in 1958 and executed in 1981. This work is number fifteen from an edition of eighteen plus six foundry copies, two trial proofs, two special proofs, three Gemini impressions, one National Gallery of Art impression and one prototype.
289.5 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm
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$87,500
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Dec 3, 2020
Christie's
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Pylon incised with the artist's initials and date 'I.N. 1959-81' (near the base); stamped with the number '15/18' (on an aluminum tag affixed to the reverse) galvanized steel 114 x 20 x 20 in. (289.5 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm.) Conceived in 1958 and executed in 1981. This work is number fifteen from an edition of eighteen plus six foundry copies, two trial proofs, two special proofs, three Gemini impressions, one National Gallery of Art impression and one prototype.
Pylon, 1904-1988
Conceived in 1958 and executed in 1981. This work is number fifteen from an edition of eighteen plus six foundry copies, two trial proofs, two special proofs, three Gemini impressions, one National Gallery of Art impression and one prototype.
Dec 3, 2020
Christie's
$87,500
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289.5 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm
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Dec 3, 2020
Christie's
Realized Price
$87,500
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Pylon incised with the artist's initials and date 'I.N. 1959-81' (near the base); stamped with the number '15/18' (on an aluminum tag affixed to the reverse) galvanized steel 114 x 20 x 20 in. (289.5 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm.) Conceived in 1958 and executed in 1981. This work is number fifteen from an edition of eighteen plus six foundry copies, two trial proofs, two special proofs, three Gemini impressions, one National Gallery of Art impression and one prototype.
Untitled (Double Bird), 1958-1962
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37.1 x 25.4 x 18.1 cm
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Dec 3, 2020
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Untitled (Double Bird) incised with the artist's signature 'Noguchi' (on the underside) marble 14 5/8 x 10 x 7 1/8 in. (37.1 x 25.4 x 18.1 cm.) Executed in 1958-1962. 
Untitled (Double Bird), 1958-1962
Dec 3, 2020
Christie's
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37.1 x 25.4 x 18.1 cm
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Dec 3, 2020
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Untitled (Double Bird) incised with the artist's signature 'Noguchi' (on the underside) marble 14 5/8 x 10 x 7 1/8 in. (37.1 x 25.4 x 18.1 cm.) Executed in 1958-1962. 
Light Sculpture (Lunar), 1904-1988
Sold on Dec 2, 2020
$562,500
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magnesite, plastic, electric components and wood
40 x 51.4 x 13 cm
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$562,500
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Dec 2, 2020
Christie's
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Light Sculpture (Lunar) magnesite, plastic, electric components and wood 15 ¾ x 20 ¼ x 5 1/8 in. (40 x 51.4 x 13 cm.) Executed _circa _1943.
Light Sculpture (Lunar), 1904-1988
magnesite, plastic, electric components and wood
Dec 2, 2020
Christie's
$562,500
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40 x 51.4 x 13 cm
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Dec 2, 2020
Christie's
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$562,500
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Light Sculpture (Lunar) magnesite, plastic, electric components and wood 15 ¾ x 20 ¼ x 5 1/8 in. (40 x 51.4 x 13 cm.) Executed _circa _1943.
Man, 1904-1988
Sold on Dec 2, 2020
$3,630,000
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132.4 x 51.4 x 33 cm
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$3,630,000
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Dec 2, 2020
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Man wood 52 1/8 x 20 ¼ x 13 in. (132.4 x 51.4 x 33 cm.) Executed in 1945.
Man, 1904-1988
Dec 2, 2020
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132.4 x 51.4 x 33 cm
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Dec 2, 2020
Christie's
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$3,630,000
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Man wood 52 1/8 x 20 ¼ x 13 in. (132.4 x 51.4 x 33 cm.) Executed in 1945.
Banc, 1904-1988
Sold on Oct 22, 2020
€920,000
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55 x 200 x 125 cm
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€920,000
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Oct 22, 2020
Christie's
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Banc travertin romain 55 x 200 x 125 cm. Réalisée en 1966, cette œuvre est une variante de _Bench _situé à la Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York. roman travertine 21 5/8 x 78 ¾ x 49 ¼ in. Executed in 1966, this work is a variant of _Bench_ in the collection of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.
Banc, 1904-1988
Oct 22, 2020
Christie's
€920,000
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55 x 200 x 125 cm
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Oct 22, 2020
Christie's
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€920,000
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Banc travertin romain 55 x 200 x 125 cm. Réalisée en 1966, cette œuvre est une variante de _Bench _situé à la Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York. roman travertine 21 5/8 x 78 ¾ x 49 ¼ in. Executed in 1966, this work is a variant of _Bench_ in the collection of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.
Neo-lithic, 1982-1983
Sold on Mar 5, 2020
$75,000
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Executed in 1982-1983. This work is number eleven from an edition of eighteen plus a Prototype, five artist's proofs and three publisher's proofs.
183.5 x 71.8 x 41.3 cm
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$75,000
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Mar 5, 2020
Christie's
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1989) Neo-lithic welded with the artist's initials and date 'I.N. '82' (lower edge); stamped with the artist's name, inscription, title, number and date 'ISAMU NOGUCHI Neo-lithic 11/18 © Isamu Noguchi Foundation 1983' (on a plaque affixed to the inner edge) hot-dipped galvanized steel 72 ¼ x 28 ¼ x 16 ¼ in. (183.5 x 71.8 x 41.3 cm.) Executed in 1982-1983. This work is number eleven from an edition of eighteen plus a Prototype, five artist's proofs and three publisher's proofs.
Neo-lithic, 1982-1983
Executed in 1982-1983. This work is number eleven from an edition of eighteen plus a Prototype, five artist's proofs and three publisher's proofs.
Mar 5, 2020
Christie's
$75,000
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183.5 x 71.8 x 41.3 cm
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Mar 5, 2020
Christie's
Realized Price
$75,000
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1989) Neo-lithic welded with the artist's initials and date 'I.N. '82' (lower edge); stamped with the artist's name, inscription, title, number and date 'ISAMU NOGUCHI Neo-lithic 11/18 © Isamu Noguchi Foundation 1983' (on a plaque affixed to the inner edge) hot-dipped galvanized steel 72 ¼ x 28 ¼ x 16 ¼ in. (183.5 x 71.8 x 41.3 cm.) Executed in 1982-1983. This work is number eleven from an edition of eighteen plus a Prototype, five artist's proofs and three publisher's proofs.
Floor Frame, 1904-1988
Sold on Nov 14, 2019
$399,000
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Conceived in 1962 and cast in 1974. This work is number four from an edition of six plus one artist's proof, of which only five were fabricated.
16.8 x 34.3 x 16.8 cm
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$399,000
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Nov 14, 2019
Christie's
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Floor Frame stamped with the artist's signature and number 'Isamu Noguchi 4/6' (on the reverse of the larger element) bronze with black patina, in two parts larger element: 15 x 41 x 24 in. (38.1 x 104.1 x 61 cm.) smaller element: 6 5/8 x 13 ½ x 6 5/8 in. (16.8 x 34.3 x 16.8 cm.) installation dimensions variable Conceived in 1962 and cast in 1974. This work is number four from an edition of six plus one artist's proof, of which only five were fabricated.
Floor Frame, 1904-1988
Conceived in 1962 and cast in 1974. This work is number four from an edition of six plus one artist's proof, of which only five were fabricated.
Nov 14, 2019
Christie's
$399,000
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16.8 x 34.3 x 16.8 cm
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Nov 14, 2019
Christie's
Realized Price
$399,000
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Floor Frame stamped with the artist's signature and number 'Isamu Noguchi 4/6' (on the reverse of the larger element) bronze with black patina, in two parts larger element: 15 x 41 x 24 in. (38.1 x 104.1 x 61 cm.) smaller element: 6 5/8 x 13 ½ x 6 5/8 in. (16.8 x 34.3 x 16.8 cm.) installation dimensions variable Conceived in 1962 and cast in 1974. This work is number four from an edition of six plus one artist's proof, of which only five were fabricated.
Avatar, 1904-1988
Sold on Nov 14, 2019
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Conceived in 1947 and cast in 1964. This work is number two from an edition of eight plus two artist's proofs.
198.1 x 83.8 x 71.1 cm
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Nov 14, 2019
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Avatar incised with the artist's signature and number 'Isamu Noguchi 2/8' (lower right) bronze 78 x 33 x 28 in. (198.1 x 83.8 x 71.1 cm.) Conceived in 1947 and cast in 1964. This work is number two from an edition of eight plus two artist's proofs.
Avatar, 1904-1988
Conceived in 1947 and cast in 1964. This work is number two from an edition of eight plus two artist's proofs.
Nov 14, 2019
Christie's
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198.1 x 83.8 x 71.1 cm
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Nov 14, 2019
Christie's
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Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Avatar incised with the artist's signature and number 'Isamu Noguchi 2/8' (lower right) bronze 78 x 33 x 28 in. (198.1 x 83.8 x 71.1 cm.) Conceived in 1947 and cast in 1964. This work is number two from an edition of eight plus two artist's proofs.
Face Dish, 1952
Sold on Sep 27, 2019
$18,750
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3.5 x 23.8 x 23.8 cm
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$18,750
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Sep 27, 2019
Christie's
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Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) Face Dish incised with the artist's hiragana [no] symbol '?' (on the underside) Shigaraki stoneware with Oribe glaze 1 3/8 x 9 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (3.5 x 23.8 x 23.8 cm.) Executed in 1952. This work is unique.
Face Dish, 1952
Sep 27, 2019
Christie's
$18,750
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3.5 x 23.8 x 23.8 cm
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Sep 27, 2019
Christie's
Realized Price
$18,750
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Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) Face Dish incised with the artist's hiragana [no] symbol '?' (on the underside) Shigaraki stoneware with Oribe glaze 1 3/8 x 9 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (3.5 x 23.8 x 23.8 cm.) Executed in 1952. This work is unique.