Isamu Noguchi, ‘Gregory (Effigy)’, 1945 (cast 1969), Nasher Sculpture Center

Noguchi carved the first version of Gregory (which he titled Effigy when first exhibited) in purple slate.

Signature: Signed, dated and numbered Platform: 'Isamu Noguchi 1945-69' and '4/8'Left side of platform: 'Susse Fondeur, Paris'

1974 20th Century Art from Fort Worth and Dallas Collections, Fort Worth Art Museum, September 6 - October 15, 1974. 1975 Selections from the Nasher Collection, North Texas State University, Denton, 1975. Exhibition catalogue. 1978 20th Century Sculpture from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond D. Nasher Collection, University Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, September 22 - October 22, 1978. Exhibition catalogue. 1987 A Century of Modern Sculpture: The Patsy and Raymond Nasher Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, April 5 - May 31, 1987; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 28, 1987 - January 3, 1988; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, April 4, - June 5, 1988; Forte Belvedere, Florence, Italy, July 8 - October 16, 1988; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, January 1 - March 31, 1989. Exhibition catalogue. 1996 A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, October 26, 1996 - January 12, 1997; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 6 - June 1, 1997. Exhibition catalogue. 2003 From Rodin to Calder: Masterworks of Modern Sculpture from the Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, October 20, 2003 - September 2004. 2004 Bodies Past and Present: The Figurative Tradition in the Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, September 2004 - July 2005. 2005 The Evolution of the Nasher Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, October 2005 - May 2006. Exhibition catalogue. 2008 In Pursuit of the Masters: Stories from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, September 20, 2008 – January 4, 2009. Exhibition pamphlet.

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Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas, 1969

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