Isamu Noguchi

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Isamu Noguchi

An acclaimed 20th century sculptor, Isamu Noguchi created a variety of furniture, garden, lighting and sculpture designs. Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904 but spent his early years in Japan. He remained in Japan until he was 13 before moving to Indiana. He eventually studied pre-medicine in Columbia University but also took sculpture classes in New York's Lower East Side.

Ultimately, Noguchi left Columbia University to focus on his sculptor work. In 1926, he saw an exhibition on the work of designer Constantin Bancusi that shifted his artistic perspective. At this point, Noguchi began focusing on developing pieces with a distinct emotional awareness and sense of mystery created from the use of reduced forms. In 1938, Noguchi was commissioned to work on the Associated Press building in Rockefeller Center in New York City. This piece became the the first of numerous public works projects that ranged from playground to fountains, all of which focused on the social significance of sculpture.

Noguchi later became a political activist after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1942. In 1985, Noguchi opened The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum (now known as The Noguchi Museum) in Long Island, which highlighted his commitment to enhancing the beauty of public spaces. It was one of his final artistic contributions before his death in 1988.

An acclaimed 20th century sculptor, Isamu Noguchi created a variety of furniture, garden, lighting and sculpture designs.

Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904 but spent his early years in Japan. He remained in Japan until he was 13 before moving to Indiana. He eventually studied pre-medicine in Columbia University but also took sculpture classes in New York's Lower East Side.

Ultimately, Noguchi left Columbia University to focus on his sculptor work. In 1926, he saw an exhibition on the work of designer Constantin Bancusi that shifted his artistic perspective. At this point, Noguchi began focusing on developing pieces with a distinct emotional awareness and sense of mystery created from the use of reduced forms.

In 1938, Noguchi was commissioned to work on the Associated Press building in Rockefeller Center in New York City. This piece became the the first of numerous public works projects that ranged from playground to fountains, all of which focused on the social significance of sculpture.

Noguchi later became a political activist after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1942. In 1985, Noguchi opened The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum (now known as The Noguchi Museum) in Long Island, which highlighted his commitment to enhancing the beauty of public spaces. It was one of his final artistic contributions before his death in 1988.