Isamu Noguchi, ‘Chinese Sleeves #2’, Christie's

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)

Chinese Sleeves #2

stamped with initials and numbered 'I. N. A / P' (on the base)

bronze plate

63 7/8 x 31 3/4 x 31 1/2 in. (162.2 x 80.6 x 80 cm.)

Executed in 1987. This work is the second artist's proofs aside from an unrealized edition of six.

Signature: stamped with initials and numbered 'I. N. A / P' (on the base)

New York, Pace Gallery, Noguchi: Steel Sculptures, May-June 1975, pp. 5 and 13 (another example exhibited).

New York, Arnold Herstand & Company, Isamu Noguchi - The New Bronzes: 1987-88, May-June 1988, p. 17, no. 3 (another example exhibited).

Osaka, Gallery Kasahara, ISAMU NOGUCHI The bronzes: 1987-88, February-March 1989.

San Francisco, University of California, The Public and Private Worlds of Isamu Noguchi, November 1999-March 2000 (another example exhibited).

Albany, College of Saint Rose, Working Metal 1940-1982, October-December 2000 (another example exhibited).

Tokyo, Sogetsu Art Museum, Isamu Noguchi, November-December 2002 (another example exhibited).

D. Botnick and N. Grove, The Sculpture of Isamu Noguchi, 1924– 79: A Catalogue, New York and London, 1980, p. 91, no. 506 (illustrated).

Gallery Kasahara, Osaka

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1989

About Isamu Noguchi

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 successful partnership with the modernist design manufacturer Herman Miller. He also collaborated on set designs with dancers/choreographers Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, and George Balanchine, and the composer John Cage.

American, 1904-1988, Los Angeles, California, based in New York, New York