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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Noguchi Museum

Japanese-American sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi founded the Noguchi Museum to display what he considered representative examples of his body of work. Noguchi identified himself foremost as a sculptor, considering his other designs primarily sources of income. The museum opened in 1985 in Long Island City, New York.

The museum complex is an open-air sculpture garden within a building containing ten galleries. Visitors enter the two-story building through the sculpture garden. The bottom floor houses the permanent collection of the artist's work, while the upper floor presents temporary exhibitions of his work. The building itself is considered one of Noguchi's finest works.

Featured objects include his Akari Light Sculptures, lamps made from washi paper and bamboo ribbing, which were first produced in Japan in the 1950s, as well as his furniture designs, including the Noguchi table, which is still manufactured by Herman Miller.

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Isamu Noguchi

Akari Light Sculptures

Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden 

Gallery View

Tsuneko San, 1931

Mother and Child, 1944-1947

Folded Torso, 1958-1959

Shodo Flowing, 1960-1962

Walking Void #2, 1970
Narrow Gate, 1981

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