On Becoming an Artist Exhibit
On Becoming an Artist: Isamu Noguchi and His Contemporaries,1922-1960 recently opened at the Noguchi Museum. Marking the museum’s 25th anniversary, the exhibition looks at how Noguchi’s network of friends, mentors and colleagues influenced his work and helped him throughout his prolific career. Objects on view include personal correspondence, architectural models, paintings, drawings, musical scores, photographs, and furniture, inviting viewers into Noguchi’s biography and oeuvre. One thing not on view: his ubiquitous 1947 coffee table. Instead, curator Amy Wolf opted to display things that haven’t been exhibited before, including a c.1945 marble-top table, and c.1941-1942 mosaic-top table, both prototypes. I chatted with Ms. Wolf at the opening, and here’s what she had to say.
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- One of the most idiosyncratic artists of the 20th century, Japanese-American designer and sculptor Isamu Noguchi fashioned a future of organic shapes and clean lines, an elegant fusion of trends and…
The Hammer, Chisel, Drill exhibition will showcase the production process of sculptor Isamu Noguchi over the course of a career that lasted more than four decades. Located at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York, it will display a varied combination of photographs depicting Noguchi in his studios, sculpting tools used throughout his life as an artist, and a careful selection of finished products to capture his work in practice. The exhibition begins October 3rd and ends April 28th.
Isamu Noguchi began using small paper models in the 1940s to help visualize his larger sculptures. He continued doing so for the rest of his career, transitioning into plaster maquettes in order to envision larger stone or metal works. This small exhibition will showcase a selection of Noguchi's maquettes, as well as photographs and finished sculptures.
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