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November 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi (pronounced as: sämoo nogooch)
was a sculptor, designer, architect, and 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.

his inventive work embraced alsosettings for the
martha graham dance company.

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.

as a landscape architect, noguchi created a large
number of playgrounds, parks and gardens.
in the 1950s, he designed gardens for keio university
in tokyo, lever house in new york and unesco’s
headquarters in paris.
his 1960s projects include a sculpture garden for the
national museum in jerusalem and gardens surrounding
the connecticut general life insurance building designed
by skidmore, owings and merrill.
his entrance for the new museum of modern art,
tokyo, was completed in 1969.

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.