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Portrait of Frida Kahlo found in Isamu Noguchi’s archives, ca. 1930s.

In all likelihood, this photo was taken by Noguchi during the time he was working on his commission at the Mercado Abelardo Rodrigues in Mexico City in 1936.  The pair stayed in touch throughout the 1940s, when Frida made occasional visits to New York for treatments for her ongoing ailments. A framed collection of butterflies hangs above Frida’s bed in the Casa Azul in Mexico City, a gift from Noguchi.  

The Noguchi Museum Archive

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Isamu Noguchi: Variations at Pace Gallery with Fred Wilson


One American representative at the Venice Biennale speaks about another as Fred Wilson discusses the work of Isamu Noguchi. This special event has been organized in collaboration with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum to coincide with Isamu Noguchi: Variations on view at Pace through March 21.

Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m.
508 & 510 West 25th Street, New York

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Fred Wilson on Isamu Noguchi: “There was no one who looked like me in art school…and there was no one who looked like Noguchi.”

On Saturday, Fred Wilson lead a walk-through discussion of Isamu Noguchi: Variations at 508 & 510 West 25th Street. Wilson, whose bi-cultural identity has “laid the foundation for a cross-generational connection between these two aesthetically different artists,” described Noguchi’s oscillation between landscape, sculpture, design and art. Read Hyperallergic’s full review of the event here.

Presented in collaboration with the Noguchi Museum, Isamu Noguchi: Variations continues through this Saturday, March 21.

Portrait of Frida Kahlo found in Isamu Noguchi’s archives, ca. 1930s.

Happy, Birthday, Frida Kahlo!

In all likelihood, this photo was taken by Noguchi during the time he was working on his commission at the Mercado Abelardo Rodrigues in Mexico City in 1936.  The pair stayed in touch throughout the 1940s, when Frida made occasional visits to New York for treatments for her ongoing ailments. A framed collection of butterflies hangs above Frida’s bed in the Casa Azul in Mexico City, a gift from Noguchi.  

The Noguchi Museum Archive

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“The essence of sculpture is for me the perception of space, the continuum of our existence” — Isamu Noguchi.

Stop by the Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery in St. John’s University’s Queens campus for Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder: Designing the World of Tomorrow. On view until March 19, the exhibition surveys the symbiotic relationship in Noguchi’s work between sculpture and design.

Images from St. Johns University 

Isamu Noguchi, Sculpture to Be Seen From Mars, 1947, model in sand (lost). 

Only known photograph by Soichi Sunami

Betraying Noguchi’s dim view of war and the ultimate outcome for mankind in the Atomic Age, this proto- earthwork would have effectively served as a conceptual tombstone.  Noguchi was greatly interested in the burial mounds of indigenous people, having visited the Great Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio in 1945. 

The Noguchi Museum Archive

The Noguchi Museum in New York is currently exhibiting photographs taken by Isamu Noguchi during his travels in northern India from 1949 through 1961. This exhibition—the first in a series that examines Noguchi’s photographic practice—continues through May 31.

Isamu Noguchi: Variations, an exhibition that highlights the breadth of Noguchi’s practice across multiple disciplines, will open this Friday, February 20 at 508 and 510 West 25th Street. Presented in collaboration with The Noguchi Museum, the exhibition will continue through March 21.

Image: Samrat Yantra (foreground) and Mishra Yantra (background) at the Jantar Mantar observatory, Delhi, India, 1949. Courtesy of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.