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In close collaboration with the Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, the London exhibition at the Barbican Center celebrates the Japanese-born American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century. The Barbican center pays him a vibrant tribute by explo- ring the kaleidoscopic career of this true mathematician of art.
This exhibition, the first European retrospective in 20 years, focuses on Noguchi as a citizen of the world in his risky approach to sculpture as a living environment. Isamu Noguchi, a major sculptor of the 20th century, was the son of Japanese poet Yoneijiro Noguchi and American writer Leonie Gilmour. He lived his childhood in Japan and his adolescence in the United States.
His life is populated by journeys between East and West, between opposing poles from the United States to Europe, from Japan to China, from Mexico to India, from writing to design, from the theater to landscaping.
After having started studying medicine, he turned to sculpture and worked in the studio of Constantin Brancusi in 1927 who taught him the flavor of slowness.«There is no point in looking for immediate solutions; you have to look in its interior. In my work, I look for something irreducible, an absence of artifice and ingenuity ”, was to explain the master, many years later.
Objects of Common Interest, Offerings–Rock III, 2000.
Opal resin. 11 x 11 x 10 in.
Isamu Noguchi, Practice Rocks in Placement, 1982–83. Aji granite. Dimensions variable.
Isamu Noguchi, Indian Dancer, 1965–66. Granite.
60 1/4 x 34 5/8 x 17 3/8 in. (153 x 87.9 x 44.1 cm) Limestone base: 14 x 22 x 15 in. (35.6 x 55.9 x 38.1 cm)

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