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Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was one of the twentieth century’s most important and critically acclaimed sculptors. Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs. His work, at once subtle and bold, traditional and modern, set a new standard for the reintegration of the arts.

Isamu Noguchi (野口 勇 Noguchi Isamu, Nov 17, 1904 – Dec 30, 1988), prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold.

ISAMU NOGUCHI, 33 MACDOUGAL ALLEY, NEW YORK, NY, 4 JULY 1947, Arnold Newman(American, 1918-2006) © Chris Beetles Ltd 2010

Isamu Noguchi: Κούρος (53.87ai) | Heilbrunn Χρονολόγιο της Ιστορίας της Τέχνης | Το Metropolitan Museum of Art

Kouros, 1944–45 Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904–1988) Marble; H. 117 in. (297.2 cm), base: D. 34 1/8 in. (86.7 cm), W. 42 in. (106.7 cm)

Students in 9th grade looked at the work of sculptor Isamu Noguchi and created a subtractive abstract sculpture that represents an emotion. Focus was on creating a sense of movement by manipulating form, and expressing an emotion through the use of color. We started with 3" x 3" x 8" blocks of dense styrofoam, carved with exacto knives. After they were smoothed out, we primed them with gesso and used acrylics to paint them.

Isamu Noguchi Sculpture from "Dark Meadow" 1945

Isamu Noguchi; note the influence of Brancusi

Isamu Noguchi - Folded Torso