(1904 – 1988), USA

Isamu Noguchi Artworks

Isamu Noguchi's multifaceted practice included sculpture, architecture, ceramics, lighting, furniture, and set design. Influenced by both traditional and modern ideas, Noguchi's artwork often promoted the idea that art and design are crucial to the human social condition.

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Contoured Playground

Isamu Noguchi first designed Contoured Playground in 1941 as a small landscape intended for children to play on. Noguchi created a small plaster model of the design, which was documented in a single photograph. Although the work was never realised beyond maquette form in the artist's lifetime, In Search of Contoured Playground (2020) saw Noguchi's design manifested on a massive scale at the Noguchi Museum decades later.

Contoured Playground (1941) highlights the artist's belief in the capacity for sculpture to influence how we experience and interact with space. Noguchi's experimentation with landscape architecture and space became a fundamental part of his practice in years to come.

Coffee Table (1944)

Inspired by his biomorphic sculptures, Noguchi's practice shifted to furniture design. For Coffee Table (1944), Noguchi designed two interlocking organic wooden elements that support a curved, solid glass tabletop. With its unique aesthetic and experimental combination of sculpture and furniture design, Coffee Table is considered a classic piece of 20th century furniture design.

Akari Light Sculptures

In 1951, Noguchi visited Gifu, the Japanese town known for producing bamboo and mulberry bark paper lanterns and umbrellas. His visit inspired him to design a series of pendant light sculptures made using traditional Gifu methods of production. He titled the works Akari, a term referring to light as illumination, as well as suggesting the idea of weightlessness.

Nine Floating Fountains

Noguchi designed Nine Floating Fountains (1970) for the 1970 World Expo held in Osaka, Japan. In this sculpture, Noguchi creates a gravity-defying illusion by placing large metal cubes on columns obscured by powerful jets of water. The cubes appear to float above a reflective pool designed by architect Kenzō Tange.

Nine Floating Fountains demonstrates Noguchi's ability to blend different elements of architecture, design, and sculpture in his practice.

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Landscape by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Landscape, 1987 (2021) Bronze plate
139.7 x 99.7 x 15.6 cm
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Worksheet for Atomic Haystack and Wind Catcher by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Isamu Noguchi Worksheet for Atomic Haystack and Wind Catcher, 1982 Pencil on graph paper
27.9 x 22.1 cm
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Mountains Forming by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Mountains Forming, 1982–1983 Hot-dipped galvanized steel
154.3 x 119.4 x 116.8 cm
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Transformation Stone by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Transformation Stone, 1982 Granite and hot-dipped galvanized steel
31.8 x 47.9 x 32.1 cm
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This Earth, This Passage by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi This Earth, This Passage, 1962 Bronze
12.4 x 111.1 x 104.8 cm
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Kouros by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Kouros, 1945 Marble
297.5 x 108 x 64.5 cm
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Squirrel by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Squirrel, 1987 Bronze plate
30.8 x 20 x 23.5 cm
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Play Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Play Sculpture, c. 1965–1980 (2021) Steel and paint
111.8 x 261.6 x 261.6 cm
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Pierced Seat and Pierced Table by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Pierced Seat and Pierced Table, 1982–1983 Steel

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Black Slide Mantra by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Black Slide Mantra, 1966–1989 Granite
359.6 x 399.2 cm
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Cloud Mountain by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Cloud Mountain, 1982–1984 (2021) Bronze plate
177.2 x 125.1 x 71.8 cm
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Worksheet for Cactus Wind and Atomic Haystack by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Isamu Noguchi Worksheet for "Cactus Wind" and "Atomic Haystack", 1982 Pencil on graph paper
27.9 x 22.1 cm
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Worksheet for Atomic Haystack by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Isamu Noguchi Worksheet for "Atomic Haystack", 1982 Pencil on graph paper
27.9 x 41.9 cm
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Neo-Lithic by Isamu Noguchi contemporary artwork sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Neo-Lithic, 1984 (2021) Bronze plate
183.5 x 71.8 x 41.3 cm
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