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Overview Isamu Noguchi, life and work.

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    • “ What I wanted was a timely and weightless way of expression.”
    • Birth & Childhood 1904: Born in Los Angeles to Yone Noguchi and Leonie Gilmore. Shortly thereafter: Moved to Japan.
    • Education 1918: Moves to Indiana to attend Interlochen. 1922: Graduates from La Porte High School. Apprentices with Gutzon Borglum in Connecticut. Begins at Columbia in the fall. 1924: Enrolls in Leonardo da Vinci School of Art. First exhibit. Withdraws from Columbia.
    • Early Career 1926: Awarded John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to study wood and stone sculpture abroad. Isamu Noguchi with Undine (Nadja), 1925, plaster.
    • 1926- 1928: Paris Constantin Brancusi, Self-Portrait, c.1933-34. Isamu Noguchi in his Paris studio, c. 1928
    • 1929: Return to New York William Douglas sitting for his portrait, New York City, 1936 Miss Expanding Universe, Aluminum 1932
    • The Artist and the Architect A Friendship of Ideas Intetra, 1974-76 Octetra, 1968 Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion House, 1930 Dymaxion Car, 1933
    • Sculpture In Silence Walking, 1989, white marble Remembrance, 1944, mahogany. Sky Gate, 1976-77, painted steel.
    • 1940s: Design work DESIGN INFLUENCES
      • Japanese design
      • Sumi calligrapy
      • The “Earth Outdoors”
      • Constantin Brancusi
      • Buckminster Fuller
      DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS
      • Fluidity of line
      • “ Lunar” textures
      • Geometric and biomorphic forms
      • Restricted palette: white, grey, black, red … aluminum, wood, stone.
    • Interiors Lunar Voyage, sculpture for stairwell of S.S. Argentina, 1948. Destroyed. Ceiling for the American Stove Company Building, 1947-48, St. Louis,Missouri. Lunar ceiling for Time-Life Building, 1947, New York City. Destroyed.
    • Interiors Memorial room to Yone Noguchi, 1951-52, Shin Banraisha, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. Noguchi's studio on the land of Kitaoji Rosanjin, Kita-Kamakura, Japan, 1952. Tengoku, 1977-78. Interior garden for Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.
    • Akari light sculpture Photograph of Noguchi with akari light sculptures in New York Studio, 1960s, courtesy of the Noguchi Museum. Isamu Noguchi working on an Akari frame at the Ozeki & Company, Gifu, Japan. January 1978.
    • Akari light sculpture Early promotional photograph of Akari, 1950s. Horn akari floor lamp, 1950s.
    • Play Sculpture Photograph of Noguchi with akari light sculptures in New York Studio, 1960s, courtesy of the Noguchi Museum. Piedmont Park, Atlanta 1976
    • Black Slide Mantra
    • Tables Burden table, 1948, laminated white beech wood. “ Rudder" dining table and stools, 1944 Herman Miller Table for A. Conger Goodyear, 1939, rosewood. Cyclone dining table, 1955
    • Noguchi Coffee Table Coffee Table, 1944, glass top and wood base Herman Miller.
    • Other Iconic Designs Rocking stool, 1955. Knoll. Radio Nurse radiotransmitter, 1937 Freeform Sofa, 1950. Vitra. Tea Cup and Saucer, 1952. Vitra.
    • Isamu Noguchi Freeform Sofa, 1950. Vitra. Akari lamp, 1950s. 1904- 1988 Coffee Table, 1944. Herman Miller. Rudder Stool, 1944. Herman Miller. Cyclone Table, 1957. Prismatic Table, 1957. Vitra. DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS
      • Fluidity of line
      • “ Lunar” textures
      • Geometric and biomorphic forms
      • Restricted palette: white, grey, black, red … aluminum, wood, stone.
      DESIGN INFLUENCES
      • Japanese design
      • Sumi calligrapy
      • The “Earth Outdoors”
      • Constantin Brancusi
      • Buckminster Fuller
      Rocking Stool, 1954. Vitra.