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Isamu Noguchi - Red Cube Sculpture, 1968, 140 Broadway Between Cedar and Liberty Streets, Financial District in Lower Manhattan, New York, USA 1

Isamu Noguchi - Red Cube Sculpture, 1968, 140 Broadway Between Cedar and Liberty Streets, Financial District in Lower Manhattan, New York, USA 1
Isamu NoguchiRed Cube Sculpture, 1968, 140 Broadway Between Cedar and Liberty Streets, Financial District in Lower Manhattan, New York, USA

A walk through Japan reveals the close correlation between nature and aesthetics. Amid the natural setup are works of art that remind everyone about the history, beliefs and affiliations of the Japanese people. The modern art concept of creating spectacular pieces to create an art park is becoming rather common owing to the pioneer work of artists like Isamu Noguchi. Having been an artist for 60 years, he has helped shape the aesthetic and cultural appearance of Japan and the US through the creation of sculpture parks. Even in death, Noguchi is still recognized for his artwork on furniture, gardens, ceramics and architecture. Although considered subtle and bold during his time, his work is now the standard for modern and expressionist art.

Owing to his mixed heritage, Isamu Noguchi was an internationalist and it is during his travels that he picked up the inspiration to express himself in sculptures. His inspiration for large scale sculpture works with a story actually came from Mexico. He would then incorporate Japanese tranquil garden and earthy ceramic setup as well as the Chinese light ink brushing technique into his work. As one would imagine, what he created from bringing together these different aspects was epic creativity. Once he had settled in his trade, he would maintain studios in New York and Japan, perhaps to declare allegiance to his roots. The works of Isamu Noguchi are evidently aimed at enhancing harmony in human coexistence. The blend of Western and Eastern cultures, modern and traditional life, organic and geometric alignment of nature are some of the efforts Isamu Noguchi made to create tranquility in his work.

Isamu Noguchi - Red Cube Sculpture, 1968, 140 Broadway Between Cedar and Liberty Streets, Financial District in Lower Manhattan, New York, USA 2
Isamu NoguchiRed Cube Sculpture, 1968, 140 Broadway Between Cedar and Liberty Streets, Financial District in Lower Manhattan, New York, USA

Isamu Noguchi - Red Cube Sculpture, 1968, 140 Broadway Between Cedar and Liberty Streets, Financial District in Lower Manhattan, New York, USA 3
Isamu NoguchiRed Cube Sculpture, 1968, 140 Broadway Between Cedar and Liberty Streets, Financial District in Lower Manhattan, New York, USA

Isamu Noguchi - Octetra, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
Isamu NoguchiOctetra, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA

Isamu Noguchi - Skyviewing Sculpture, 1969. The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York, USA
Isamu NoguchiSkyviewing Sculpture, 1969, The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York, USA


Isamu NoguchiHorace Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain, 1978, Hart Plaza, Detroit, USA

Isamu Noguchi - Horace Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain, 1978, Hart Plaza, Detroit, USA 2
Isamu NoguchiHorace Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain, 1978, Hart Plaza, Detroit, USA

Isamu Noguchi - Tetra Mound, Moerenuma Park, Sapporo, Japan 1
Isamu NoguchiTetra Mound, Moerenuma Park, Sapporo, Japan

Isamu Noguchi - Tetra Mound, Moerenuma Park, Sapporo, Japan 2
Isamu NoguchiTetra Mound, Moerenuma Park, Sapporo, Japan

Isamu Noguchi - Tetra Mound, Moerenuma Park, Sapporo, Japan 3
Isamu NoguchiTetra Mound, Moerenuma Park, Sapporo, Japan

Isamu Noguchi - Intetra, Society of the Four Arts Fountain, 1974-1976
Isamu NoguchiIntetra, 1974-1976, Society of the Four Arts Fountain

Isamu Noguchi - Slide Mantra, 1986, marble, Bayfront Park, Miami, USA
Isamu NoguchiSlide Mantra, 1986, marble, Bayfront Park, Miami, USA

Isamu Noguchi - Black Sun, 1968, Volunteer Park, Seattle, USA
Isamu NoguchiBlack Sun, 1968, Volunteer Park, Seattle, USA

Isamu Noguchi - News, 1938-1940, low-relief panel of stainless steel, 22x17ft, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, USA
Isamu NoguchiNews, 1938-1940, low-relief panel of stainless steel, 22x17ft, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, USA

Isamu Noguchi - Sculpture to Be Seen From Mars, 1947, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., USA
Isamu NoguchiSculpture to Be Seen From Mars, 1947, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., USA

Isamu Noguchi - This Tortured Earth
Isamu NoguchiThis Tortured Earth

Isamu Noguchi - Yellow Landscape, 1943, hydrocale wood elements, string and wood ball
Isamu NoguchiYellow Landscape, 1943, hydrocale wood elements, string and wood ball

Isamu Noguchi - Lunar Landscape, 1943–44, magnesite cement, electric lights, plastic, cork, and string, 88x63x20cm
Isamu NoguchiLunar Landscape, 1943–44, magnesite cement, electric lights, plastic, cork, and string, 88x63x20cm

Isamu Noguchi - Doorway, 1964, stainless steel
Isamu NoguchiDoorway, 1964, stainless steel

Isamu Noguchi - Strange Bird (To the Sunflower), 1945, bronze, black patina
Isamu NoguchiStrange Bird (To the Sunflower), 1945, bronze, black patina

Isamu Noguchi - Untitled (1943), wood and string
Isamu NoguchiUntitled, 1943, wood and string

Isamu Noguchi - Lily Zietz, 1941, plaster
Isamu NoguchiLily Zietz, 1941, plaster

Isamu Noguchi - Mother and Child, 1944–47, onyx
Isamu NoguchiMother and Child, 1944–47

Isamu Noguchi - Untitled
Isamu NoguchiUntitled

Isamu Noguchi - Variation on a Millstone #5, 1967
Isamu NoguchiVariation on a Millstone #5, 1967

Isamu Noguchi - My Mu, 1950
Isamu NoguchiMy Mu, 1950

Isamu Noguchi - Double Red Mountain, 1969
Isamu NoguchiDouble Red Mountain, 1969

Isamu Noguchi - Rare Chess Table, model no. IN-61, circa 1947-1949, laminated bird's-eye maple, painted steel, the top with clear and red acrylic inlays, 49x86x78cm
Isamu NoguchiRare Chess Table, model no. IN-61, circa 1947-1949, laminated bird's-eye maple, painted steel, the top with clear and red acrylic inlays, 49x86x78cm

Isamu Noguchi - Freeform sofa and ottoman, 1946 : 2002, upholstery, birch, Vitra, USA : Germany, 305 x 122 x 74 cm
Isamu NoguchiFreeform sofa and ottoman, 1946 : 2002, upholstery, birch, Vitra, USA : Germany, 305x122x74cm

Isamu Noguchi - Coffee Table, Black Ash, 1944, 40x128x93cm
Isamu NoguchiCoffee Table, Black Ash, 1944, 40x128x93cm

 

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