Isamu Noguchi, born in 1904 in Los Angeles to the Japanese poet Yone
Noguchi and the American writer Leonie Gilmour, studied at Columbia
University and the Leonardo da Vinci Art School.
established his first independent studio and received a Guggenheim
Fellowship in 1927. Noguchi became an assistant to Constantin Brancusi
in Paris and presented his first solo exhibition in New York. After
studying brush drawing in China, he travelled to Japan to work with clay
under the master potter Jinmatsu Uno.
His experiences living
and working in different cultural circles are reflected in Isamu
Noguchi's work as an artist. He is considered a universal talent with a
creative oeuvre that went beyond sculpture to encompass stage sets,
furniture, lighting, interiors as well as outdoor plazas and gardens.
His sculptural style is indebted to a vocabulary of organic forms and
exerted a sustained influence on the design of the 1950s.
Father, Yone Noguchi is Japanese and has long been known as an
interpreter of the East and West, through poetry. I wish to do the same
thing through sculpture', he wrote in his proposal for a Guggenheim
Isamu Noguchi died in New York in 1988.