Published at Tuesday, 06 August 2019. Wood. By Brigitta Connolly.
At a quick glance, the fine metal hairpin legs almost vanish, proposing the top rests solely on the rudder‐shaped wood leg, communicating airiness to the whole. This is the authentic Noguchi Rudder Table produced by Herman Miller. Ships flat; easy assembly needed. Created in U.S.A.
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.
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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