Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988)
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 5
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Isamu Noguchi, Skyviewing Sculpture, 1969
While Isamu Noguchi's sculpture can be described as a tilted cube with cutouts on three sides, its special qualities are weightlessness and its continuing sense of space.
Twentieth century sculptor and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi was born in 1904 in Los Angeles, California. His father was Japanese and his mother American. Noguchi took evening sculpture classes on New York’s Lower East Side under supervision of the Italian-American sculptor Onorio Ruotolo (1888–1966). After visiting an exhibition of the Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer Constantin Brancusi in 1926 in New York he changed his direction. In the early 1940s Isamu Noguchi set up a studio in Greenwich Village, New York. His first retrospective in the USA was in 1968 in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. After his death in 1988 the New York Times called him a versatile sculptor whose earthy stones and meditative gardens bridging East and West have become landmarks of twentieth century art.