Thursday, October 28, 2010

Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor, designer, architect, and a craftsman. He believed that through sculpture and architecture, one could better understand the struggle with nature. Isamu Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904 to an irish-american teacher and editor, and a japanese poet. Isamu Noguchi was raised in Japan until, at 13, he was sent to the us to study.
after winning one of the first guggenheim fellowships in 1927, Noguchi travelled to paris where he worked for six months as a studio assistant to the sculptor, Constantin Brancusi.

Returning to New York in 1932, he made his name as a sculptor and portrait artist, as well as winning commissions for memorials, monuments and industrial designs. with his long-time friend, the visionary engineer Buckminster Fuller, he constructed models, planned outdoor projects, and investigated the ways in which people live and thrive in their environments.

He is best known for his abstract sculptures designed as adjuncts to architecture. An example of his environmental work is his massive red cube designed for the marine midland bank

building, New York city.

During the 1980s, Noguchi realized more public projects and created his own museum in long island, New York, where his large and varied collection of work is exhibited today. Noguchi died in New York city in 1988.

The Isamu Noguchi foundation, inc. is dedicated to maintaining and promoting the artistic legacy of sculptor Noguchi. The foundation operates the Isamu Noguchi garden museum; manages an extensive collection of noguchi sculpture, models, furniture and drawings; maintains records of the work of Isamu Noguchi and an archive of correspondence, manuscripts and photographs; organizes exhibitions of the work of Isamu Noguchi; loans Noguchi works to museums and special exhibitions; monitors the condition of Noguchi's works worldwide; encourages research and publication on the life and work of Isamu Noguchi; and manages the production and sale of Noguchi's akari light sculptures.

Black Sun, granite, 1969

Garden Elements, Bronze set in aggregate concrete, 1962

Grey Sun, marble, 1967

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