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Isamu Noguchi, Cloud, 1958-59, aluminum

One of a series of works from a period when Noguchi was without a studio in New York, instead taking advantage of the tools and materials in his friend Edison Price’s workshop, where he could work after Price’s Unionized employees knocked off for the day. (Price was a lighting designer who worked with the premier architects of his day and whose innovations became the standard for museum lighting.)  Noguchi set about creating this series by imposing one technical constraint: the resulting works could be bent, scored, cut and otherwise shaped using just a single sheet of aluminum. 

Photo by Kevin Noble

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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. 

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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.  

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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.  

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Isamu Noguchi,  Line Drawing of Abstraction in Almost Discontinuous Tension, 1927-28, pencil on paper (now lost)

A study for a sculpture from the year Noguchi spent in Paris on a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, when he first met and served as a studio assistant to Constantin Brancusi. 

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Isamu Noguchi, Model for Swimming Pool for Josef von Sternberg, 1935, painted plaster

On a visit to Los Angeles, Isamu Noguchi met the architect Richard Neutra, then in the process of designing a house for the Austrian emigre film director, Josef von Sternberg.  Noguchi later described his abandoned design as the first “lozenge-shaped pool.”

Photo: Dmitri Kessel

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