Published at Tuesday, 06 August 2019. Wood. By Brigitta Connolly.
Noguchi trusted the sculptor's task was to shape space, to offer it order and meaning, and that art must "disappear", or be as one with its surroundings. Maybe it was his dual birthright‐his father was a Japanese poet, his mother a Scottish‐American writer‐that resulted in his way of looking at the world with an eye for "oneness".
Following his novitiate with the famed Constantin Brancusi, sculptor artist Isamu Noguchi started to experiment in environmental design, theatrical sets and, eventually, product design. He made his prime furniture originals for Herman Miller in 1942, later going on to work with other companies such as Steuben and Zenith.
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.
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