Published at Tuesday, 06 August 2019. Wood. By Brigitta Connolly.
Reluctant and powerless to be pigeonholed, Noguchi made sculptures that can be as abstract as Henri Moore's or as realistic as Leonardo's. He utilized any medium he can obtain his hands on: wood, stone, bone, clay, metal, clay, bone, paper or a mixture of any or all‐ carving, casting, cutting, pounding, chiselling or dynamiting away as each form took shape.
Other notable commissions include the gardens for the UNESCO Building in Paris, five fountains for the Supreme Court Building in Tokyo and a high‐relief mural for the Abelardo Rodriguez Market in Mexico City. Noguchi died in 1988 after a brilliant career that spanned more than six decades. For someone who was told by his first art teacher at age 15 that he'd "never be a sculptor", he left an amazing legacy.
"I was finally free," he said gratefully. "I resolved henceforth to be an artist only." His relationship with Herman Miller came about when a design of his was used to illustrate an article written by George Nelson called "How to create a Table". It became his famous "coffee table", originally introduced in 1947 and reissued in 1984.
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